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City’s role in south side building questioned

5/21/09 (Thu)

 

Kevin Herrmann, who lives on the south side of Beulah, sustained floodwater damage to his home. He told the Beulah City Council Monday evening that he had met with the Federal Emergency Management Agency but because he had flood insurance was not eligible for FEMA assistance. Herrmann’s main point with the council, however, went to the question of any city responsibility for allowing houses to be built in that flood plain that were not in compliance with the 100-year flood level mandates by the federal government.

Herrmann said he realized that the responsibility for those decisions rested with former administrations, including City Planning and Zoning. He added that the present city government was now left to deal with it, noting that past councils and mayors had "dropped the ball" on the matter.