Posted at: 10/06/2013 10:43 PM
FEMA Floodplain Controversial to Hollandale Residents
“It crashes our real estate value,” said Dave Vanderploeg, a Hollandale resident.
A floodplain put together by FEMA is scaring local residents.
“35 years and have had water in our basement one time,” said Vanderploeg.
Approximately 11,800 acres and over 50 homes will be impacted by FEMA’s possible floodplain. If the plan goes through, home owners within the confines of the plan would be forced to purchase flood insurance. The value of their homes could also go down significantly.
“It affects a lot of homes and a good chunk of the city of Hollandale itself,” said Justin Hanson of the Turtle Creek Watershed District.
“You may not be able to add onto your house. You may not be able to replace your septic system. These are very real and expensive things to those people if they get tagged as being in the floodplain,” said Hanson.
Vanderploeg admits that a flat area such as Hollandale is more at risk than most.
“It certainly makes us more vulnerable, there’s no denying that,” said Vanderploeg.
Local residents seem to be on board with the Turtle Creek plan. An appeal of FEMA’s plan is set to be heard at the end of October.