Vermont officials and flooding victims want the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update the state's flood maps. While the maps reflect the risk of "flood inundation," property damage in Vermont is usually caused by "the power of the moving water, the power of the moving sediment and the culverts and roads and bridges and structures that are in the way," said Ned Swanberg, the state's flood-hazard-mapping coordinator. "These maps are out-of-date, and they're inaccurate," said Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. "So that when a flood occurs, if you're not designated in a flood zone, you are out of luck when it comes to FEMA aid."

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