NORFOLK-Federal grants have helped some Norfolk residents raise their flood-prone homes out of harm's way.

Now, the City may require new homes in those areas to be built three feet above floodwaters can rise, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Right now, homes built in such areas must be one foot above.

]The higher elevation standard would added thousands to the cost of construction, but officials believe at least some of the cost would be offset by lower insurance rates.

The council will consider the new standards after the Planning Commission votes, which could occur next month, the Pilot said.

A public meeting will be held June 13 at 6:00 p.m. at the Titustown Recreation Center at 7545 Diven Street.

Click here to check out flood maps and other flooding awareness information on the City of Norfolk Website.

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