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5:00 PM, Dec 29, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER (AP) - Some Colorado residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed by September's floods might have to move rather than rebuild because their lots are now considered too vulnerable to future flooding.

The Denver Post reported Sunday local governments are updating old hazard maps, and the revisions could make neighborhoods off-limits for construction.

The newspaper says 17 percent of the houses that were destroyed or damaged in four counties weren't in designated flood plains.

Larimer County says 77 homeowners will be told they cannot rebuild because of flood danger, but they can appeal. The houses were built before flood plain maps existed for their property.

A mobile home park in Weld County might be designated a flood plain, which could require up to 33 homeowners to buy flood insurance or move.

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