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Marshfield, Scituate

Flood maps raising cost of insurance

When Laurie Futch bought her parents’ converted cottage in the 1980s, she paid almost $50,000 to raise it above the government-designated flood level. Now the Marshfield homeowner finds herself, along with thousands of others in the south suburbs, facing new or substantially higher premiums for flood insurance based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s redrawing of flood lines.

“I could be looking at flood insurance costing me $10,000 or more a year,” said Futch, who works as a school bus driver. “I don’t know too many people who can come up with that kind of money.”

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