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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A — Herald-Zeitung — Sunday, October 9, 2005 FLOOD CONTINUED FROM Page 1A No homes removed from floodplain and Zoning Commission Tuesday, thanks to the amount of rain coming down during storms. “(Recent heavy rain events) have been studied extensively, and the experts have found we are getting about three times the amount of water that we used to get,” he said. “Whether that is a result of better recording technology or getting a lot more rainfall than we used to, I couldn’t tell you.” While he noted new growth in the city was not having an impact on the flow in major drainageways, like the Guadalupe and Comal rivers, Robbins did say the additional impervious cover associated with development was responsible for big changes in smaller watersheds. Along the North Tributary to the Guadalupe River, Robbins counted 144 additional properties that were added to the floodplain on the new map. Throughout the entire city, he estimated 400 property owners would find themselves with a new floodplain designation. Just down Walnut Heights Boulevard from McBride, Thomas Call is one of those property owners. He has known for several years that the new FEMA map likely would place his home in the floodplain, but he still is disappointed. “We already had flood insurance, so that won t change, but the new desig- “The big bite will be in neighborhoods that do not have the benefit of being on the waterfront. In those areas, especially around the Memorial schools, the impact could be shocking.” — Lynn Rodgers Comal County chief appraiser nation means if we should decide to sell, it will have a pretty good impact on the sale price,” he said Call does not know exactly how much his home will depreciate, but he guesses IO to 15 percent — roughly $24,000. Comal County Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers would not verify any depreciation estimate, preferring to wait and see what happens when the new flood-plain-area homes go up for sale. “It depends on where the properties are,” Rodgers said. “We’re surprised by how well property completely in the floodplain will maintain its value. The market will ultimately tell us.” While waterfront property along the Guadalupe and Comal rivers continues to be prime real estate in the county, even though it is the first property to flood, local real estate broker Lee Edwards predicted the hardest financial hit would be felt in neighborhoods nowhere near the river. “The big bite will be in neighborhoods that do not have the benefit of being on the waterfront," he said. “In those areas, especially around the Memorial schools, the impact could be shocking.” While he was prepared for the new map, Call admitted some of his neighbors were Come to the 130th Annual OKTOBERFEST nhaCt (hfaff Sunday October 16th Family Style Meal begins at Noon DONNIE WAVRA Polka Band—I-5PM GERONIMO TREVINO C&W Band 6-10PM From San Antonio: Take Hwy 281 N to Hwy 46, Turn Left, 4 miles to Anhalt Rd. & See Signs FOF? 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Dottle Wills    Kelly Miller Licensed Hearing    Hearing Aid Aid Dispenser    Repair Technician Vvonnt- Martinez    Susan Kristojf Patient Carr    Licensed Hearing Coordinator    Aid Dispenser /)l IA ini 1324 Common Street #303 {JUNUr    (near Rudy’s Barbeque, behind Los Cucos Restaurant) Alo cEOTe 830*620*4327 Serving Inurns with over JO locutions including Kerrville, Boerne & San Manos. loll I rn 1-877-55-SOUND    • shocked to find themselves in the floodplain, especially when they discovered the new insurance requirements. Property owners with federally backed or insured mortgages will be required to get flood insurance when the new map takes effect Jan. 5. Other lending institutions also might require homeowners to get the insurance. Rates vary depending on the value of the property and its location within the floodplain, but according to National Flood Insurance Program estimates, a $100,000 home and its contents could generate yearly premiums as low as $501 or as high as $907. Homeowners who do not have a mortgage are not required to get insurance, but City Engineer Mike Short highly recommends it. “If they do not have insurance and we get another flood, they will be out of luck for aid,” he said, noting it also was a good idea for people just outside the floodplain boundaries. McBride agreed. He purchased his flood insurance when he heard Hurricane Rita was headed for Texas. “I figured it was a sign, you know,” he said. Although the new map will not take effect until next year, city council is set to approve it Monday, putting regulations in effect DID YOU A KNOW? ' Flood Insurance Rate Map — shows areas subject to flooding and helps local governments mitigate effects of flooding. 100-year Flood — one that has a 1 percent or greater chance of being equaled or exceeded during any given year. The new map increased the floodplain in some areas by as much as 16 feet but did not reduce it in any area. The map covers floodplain area surrounding five watersheds in the City of New Braunfels: North and South Tributaries, Dry Comal Creek, Blieder's Creek and the Guadalupe River. To find out if your property is in the floodplain, contact the Planning Department to make an appointment to view the map. 830-608-2100 1 City staff expect electronic copies of the maps will be available in several weeks. Check the city's Web site, for more information. immediately. The rules will govern building within the floodplain, requiring any new projects to be 12 inches higher than the base flood elevation. Floodplain designation does not depend on city council approval, but residents are not eligible for the National Flood Insurance Program without it. While city council does not have the authority to change the map, FEMA does offer an appeal process for homeowners who do not believe they should be in the floodplain. For information, visit WIN ‘r'> ‘cr Scratchy laundry. Rough skin. Endless cleaning. 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Last week, residents got their first look at seven proposed changes that will bring the water back into the drainage channel and remove most of their homes from the floodplain. John Espinoza, with consultant Halff Associates, told the 40 property owners on hand to hear his presentation that he expected the South Tributary watershed area to be 98 percent developed within the next IO years. “The 146 properties cur- NEEOejD IMPROVEMENT^ South Tributaiy modification options:__ ii 1. Stormwater detention basin upstream of County Line Road. m 2. Channel modifications between Walnut Avenue and Pahmeyer Lane. K3. Combination of options 1 and 2. ■ 4. Channel modifications between FM 725 and Pahmeyer Lane. *5. Off-line storm water detention basin between FM 725 and Old McQueeney Road along the north bank of the channel. • 6. Channel modifications between FM 1044 and Lou Ann Drive and culvert replacements. *7. 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