FEMA officials said the changes to the flood zones are meant to protect homeowners.
“We understand this impacts a lot of people, and we’re obviously concerned about that,” said Dennis Pinkham, a spokesman for FEMA in New England.
“But we are also concerned that there are a lot of homes and other structures in these high-hazard areas, and we want to be sure that we show people as accurately as we can what risk they have. That’s what these maps portray.”
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.