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Cincinnati officials challenge levee decision

CINCINNATI (AP) — Two city council members in Cincinnati say they want to know more about the decision to decertify a flood levee, which forced hundreds of property owners to buy flood insurance.

Councilman Charlie Winburn says he will launch an inquiry into why elected officials weren't told about an action that created negative consequences for citizens.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1h0OWK1 ) reported recently that engineering studies indicated the 5-mile levee surrounding the Lunken Airport in Cincinnati no longer met federal flood standards. City officials have said they didn't have the money to improve the structure to meet standards.

As a result, property owners in the area had to buy flood insurance, in some cases adding hundreds of dollars to their annual insurance bills.

Councilwoman Amy Murray says she's been hearing from frustrated constituents.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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