I hope every property owner in the new flood zones will explore all their options with the Planning and Community Development Department. I visited with them a few weeks ago, and they showed me several elevations near my property and gave me the names of surveyors willing to help property owners. I contacted a surveyor named Bob Brown and he has an elevation certificate being sent to my house showing that I am out of the flood zone.

The same night Bob Brown surveyed my property he surveyed 16 of my neighbors and it is my understanding we are all out of the flood zone. The cost was much, much cheaper than any of us expected.

I want to thank all the city employees who helped me make an informed decision about my property. I especially want to thank Bob Brown for doing a great service at a very reasonable price.

MARK DINKEL,

Garden City