Keeping Area Homes and Business Safe From Flood Damage

By: Stanley Jefferson Email
By: Stanley Jefferson Email

The Vienna City Council is doing whatever it takes to pass a new flood plain ordinance that can be a saving grace for home and business owners.

Mayor Randy Rapp presented the new ordinance to city council members at Thursday night's meeting.

This will now require constructors to build homes and businesses at least two feet about the base flood elevation.

By law, every city in West Virginia will have to adopt the new ordinance.

It was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the State Flood Plain Administration.

"What the whole idea is in case there is a flood, your home or your business does not get totally destroyed, it can actually survive the flood with minimum damage," says City of Vienna Building Inspector, Robert Rush.

The city council will have a public hearing along with voting twice on this new ordinance in August.

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