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FL - Plan to prevent flood damage could cost New Smyrna Beach homeowners

Living in paradise comes at a cost. Usually, homeowners pay up with high-priced flood insurance, but this time living on the coastal waters of New Smyrna Beach could cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars to prevent even more flooding damage.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - Living in paradise comes at a cost. Usually, homeowners pay up with high-priced flood insurance, but this time living on the coastal waters of New Smyrna Beach could cost homeowners tens of thousands of dollars to prevent even more flooding damage.

On Tuesday, the City of New Smyrna Beach will finalize a plan which has been in the works for around two years.

Nine homes in the historic district of the city have repeatedly flooded and will continue to until it’s prevented. In this case, the Mayor of New Smyrna Beach says the city decided to raise certain homes off the ground using concrete pilings. It's a project which is estimated to cost nearly $2 million.

"We added this drainage system to facilitate water because what happens is the water just pools up," said Michelle Kelley, a New Smyrna Beach homeowner.

This isn’t the first time Michelle spoke with reporters about flooding issues. In fact, FOX 35 interviewed Michelle after Hurricane Irma made landfall in Naples in 2017. Hurricane Irma transitioned into a tropical storm by the time it hit Volusia County, but still cost FEMA $1.37 billion in damages between tornadoes, storm surge, and rain events.

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