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A Hanover Township official is cautioning residents who have flood insurance not to ignore letters recently sent to them the by Federal Emergency Management Agency that seek information on their properties.

David Lewis, emergency management coordinator, said the forms must be filled out and returned to FEMA or the property owners risk their ability to remain in a preferred risk category.

Lewis said many residents have been confused by the notice, which asks the owners to fill out technical information, including the flood zone they are in and the map suffix identification number of their property.

The average person has no idea of where to get that information, he sad. I must have had 100 people in the last two months asking me what to do.

Lewis said that information can be obtained from him at the township building. The FEMA letters also require his signature to confirm the information, he said.

The letters resulted from revisions in flood zone maps that were recently made countywide. Some properties that were in flood zones are now outside of the zone, while others that were not have been added.

Lewis said few properties in Hanover Township saw any change in their flood zone classification. All flood insurance holders are still required to turn in the FEMA forms, however.

A lot of people don't know because they never got these before. The must be completed within 15 days otherwise they risk the ability to stay in a preferred risk policy, he said.

For more information, contact Lewis at 570-825-1250.

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