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Thousands of Hillsborough County homes will see flood insurance hikes

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Hillsborough County doesn't have a single house on the Gulf of Mexico and only about 2,000 that directly front a bay.

Nonetheless, there are thousands of other single-family homes - modest bungalows as well as million-dollar mansions - that could be hit with soaring flood insurance rates under a new federal law that takes effect Tuesday.

The Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's Office released a map showing approximately 21,800 older homes that until now have qualified for lower, subsidized flood insurance premiums.

All of them could see their discounted rates phased out as a result of the Biggert-Waters Act, passed by Congress in an effort to return the National Flood Insurance Program to solvency.

Last week, The Pinellas County Property Appraiser's Office published a similar map, showing approximately 32,000 homes that will likely be affected.



The Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's map

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.)


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