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UNDATED, Miss. (WCBI)-A new study provides more ammunition for the fight to stop new regulations that could cost property owners in Monroe and Itawamba counties millions of dollars.

The study by the National Academy of Sciences says mandatory flood insurance isn’t necessary in area protected by certified levees and dams.

Three years ago, FEMA proposed what opponents called a “one-size-fits-all” program that would have required insurance, even where levees were in place.

The rules also would have required cities in those areas to impose new land-use restrictions that would have hampered development.

Monroe and Itawamba counties would have been two of the hardest hit areas.

But since the original proposals, opponents have forced FEMA to back down and seek new approaches.

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