Updated: November 15, 2012 6:46AM
U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky says thousands of homes in Munster and Hammond are being removed from federal flood plain maps.
Visclosky said Friday that the flood plain area around the Little Calumet River has been revised by the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA.
The change means residents will no longer be burdened with purchasing flood insurance. Visclosky said substantial improvements through the Little Calumet River Flood Control and Recreation Project led to the request for the flood plain change.
Visclosky said the region’s ability to manage heavy rains is now stronger because of the improvements.
Munster Town Council President David Nellans said the effort will lead to the removal of 1,672 structures from the Flood Hazard Zone in Munster. He praised the joint effort between Visclosky’s office, the city of Hammond, Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission, General Assembly and Munster residents.
Little Calumet River Basin Development Commission Executive Director Dan Repay said the change allows residents to save money.
“We should always be cautious with Mother Nature, but lowering the flood risk of local homes means lowering the insurance obligations every family is faced with.”