Some homeowners in flood-prone areas of Cass County got a jolt when they recently opened their property tax statements.

An estimated 60 to 80 properties saw steep reductions in valuations, a temporary reflection ofdamage and loss of use resulting from the devastating spring flood, officials said Tuesday.

The reductions in valuation ranged from $5,000 to $250,000, with properties at the top end likely to have sustained water damage on the main floor, and likely to be candidates for a buyout, said Frank Klein, Cass County assessor.

“Probably the bulk of them are from $50,000 to $100,000,” he said. He added: “It’s just a temporary value reduction.”