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Cheektowaga residents living alongside Scajaquada Creek on the east side of the Thruway may now be exempt from flood insurance.

Some residents and businesses beside the creek have paid thousands of dollars in flood insurance over the years because their property fell within a 100-year flood plain, according to Cheektowaga Councilman Thomas M. Johnson Jr.

However, the town submitted a new Scajaquada Creek Flood Study in 1994 that showed the area may no longer be in the flood plain and susceptible to floods. Johnson had asked the Town Board to commission the new study to demonstrate a need for a flood map revision due to flood control projects.

Johnson said the Federal Emergency Management Agency last week issued a map revision, which reflected decreases in the 100-year flood plain.

The map revision removes about 200 residential and commercial properties from the flood plain and may exempt them from paying flood
insurance, Johnson said.

Homeowners residing on the following streets affected by the map revision may contact the town Engineering Department for further information: North Creek Drive, South Creek Drive and its intersecting highways, including but not limited to Lucy Lane, Betty Lou Lane, Deborah Lane, Angela Lane, Leni Lane, Bernice Drive, Paula Drive, Marlene Drive, Jamaica Lane, Monterey Lane and Algiers Lane.

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