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Chris Bolt / WAER News

Hundreds of homeowners along Onondaga Creek on Syracuse’s south side could be required to purchase expensive flood insurance once new FEMA flood maps take effect November 4th.  WAER News checked in with one of the few agencies in town that provides flood insurance to find out what’s involved.  With 876 properties set to be added to the flood zone, you’d think Ellis Moreland and Ellis would be getting a steady stream of phone calls.  Vice President Rhonda Cabrinha says that's not the case.

FEMA Flood Zones Continue to Raise Flood Insurance Questions

Oct 3, 2016

Concerned residents on Syracuse's south side say there are still too many unanswered questions about who will have to pay for flood insurance.  FEMA added 876 new properties to the flood zone along Onondaga Creek in August, and that means  homeowners will soon have to start paying up to $2,000 a year.  Syracuse United Neighbors Executive Director Rich Puchalski says recent meetings haven’t been helpful.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  Long-time advocates of Syracuse’s south side are clearly welcoming the news about plans to finally open a full service supermarket in the impoverished neighborhood. PriceRite will begin construction this spring on a 35,000 foot store at the corner of South and Bellevue avenues.

Scott Willis / WAER News

  A coalition of Syracuse groups is urging residents to turn out at a public service commission hearing next week about utility shutoffs.  

51-year-old Patrick Dodrill of Syracuse has been without power since August.  He’s been looking for a job since April.   And, he's facing eviction.  He says public assistance just can’t cover rent and utilities. Dodrill lives alone, which makes him ineligible for utility assistance.