Imagine living in your home for decades and finding out now that your property is violating flood regulations.

That's what's happening to six homeowners in Trumbull County because an error occurred under the county in the 1990s.

Now, it's in the hands of these homeowners to comply, which could cost them tens of thousands of dollars if it's even possible.

Valley homeowners said they recently received documents within the past couple of months stating they're in violation of floodplain regulations.

Jan Satterfield of Leavittsburg said she began making phone calls to the county and FEMA after getting the violation notice.

"The guy said they want you to raise your house three feet in the air," Scatterfield said, "My house has been here for almost 30 years."

She's not alone. Another homeowner was denied an appeal Friday by the county Floodplain Variance Board even though the county said she "did everything right" when buying her property in the 90s.

Floodplain Administrator Tj Kieran said FEMA conducted an audit on the county and flagged the six properties in Warren to Leavittsburg.

The violations include not having a flood permit to begin with, being in what's called a "special flood hazard area" of the Mahoning River and "lowest floor requirements," meaning their basement should not be there.

Kieran said at the time that these homes were built around 30 years ago, it was the building inspector's responsibility to issue a flood permit along with the building permit, but the flood permits were never issued. 

"The building inspector was responsible for floodplain administration and building permits should not have been issued without a flood permit," he said. 

He said these homeowners may now need to go through a mediation process by getting in touch with FEMA on what can be done such as conducting a report on their property or filling their basements, which could cost them tens of thousands and may not even bring them in compliance.

He hopes that's not the case, but he said it's unclear on what these homeowners will face.

"Anything that would be less than 100% compliance, FEMA would have to sign off on in advance," he said, "We're not allowed at the local level to deviate from the rules."

He said he hopes FEMA will make exceptions for these homeowners and said there's a possibility residents could apply for funds but said the county will not cover costs.