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Posted: Friday, April 20, 2012 11:06 am

SPEARFISH — The city of Spearfish has new flood insurance rate maps.

The maps went into effect on Tuesday and are now the guiding document for what areas in and around the city are considered in a flood plain.

Tonya Vig, the flood plain administrator and engineer technician for Spearfish said the maps replace the ones from 2003 and 1990.

Zig said the city entered a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2003 to create the maps, and the results hit some homeowners in the wallet — some for the better and some for the worse.

For instance, some homeowners along Ice House Creek, which was a previously unstudied area, were removed from the flood plain. But others, like some residents who live near the intersection of Canyon and Peoria streets, were deemed to be within the flood plain.

Zig said that residents who have questions about whether their home is impacted by the changes may set up an appointment with her to review the maps. They should call the public works department at 642-1333.

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