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Flood insurance rate hikes hit Green Bay homeowners the hardest

An aerial view of the Wisconsin River Dam at Prairie du Sac, Wis., from an UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter June 11, 2008. Severe conditions throughout the state prompted Governor Jim Doyle to declare a state of emergency, allowing Adjutant General, U.S. Air Guard Brigadier General Don Dunbar to activate National Guard troops to assist in the relief effort. By (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released) (www.defenseimagery.mil 080611-F-6967G-006) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
An aerial view of the Wisconsin River Dam at Prairie du Sac, Wis., from an UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter June 11, 2008. Severe conditions throughout the state prompted Governor Jim Doyle to declare a state of emergency, allowing Adjutant General, U.S. Air Guard Brigadier General Don Dunbar to activate National Guard troops to assist in the relief effort. By (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman/Released) (www.defenseimagery.mil 080611-F-6967G-006) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay homeowners were among the hardest hit in the state, after FEMA recently raised insurance rates for those living in flooplains.

Some residents saw premiums climb as much as 300 percent.

Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin President Mari Reichel is hopeful legislation signed by President Obama last week will limit future increases.

The bill limits annual increases to between 18 and 25 percent, which she says should provide more certainty for property owners. Without the limits, Reichel says it would have been nearly impossible to sell homes located in a floodplain.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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