“What’s at stake is millions of dollars,” Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala said. “This is about flood insurance rates. It’s about development codes in the city of Warrenton and Clatsop County as a whole.

One foot might not appear very important, but if the FEMA flood maps hold, property owners could have to pay more for flood insurance or obtain flood insurance, developers could encounter new obstacles to building projects near the water, and levees could have to be improved to withstand greater flood risk.

The cities and county also maintain that FEMA overstated wave height and wave runup, which help estimate flooding once water reaches shore, expanding the projected inundation to areas that have not historically flooded.

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