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FEMA OKs floodplain ordinance

September 29, 2010
By CARRA HIGGINS, Staff Writer

Although some Randolph County residents opposed updates to the floodplain ordinance in August, the plan has been approved. Randolph County Commissioners received a letter Monday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency stating that the document complies with the National Flood Insurance Program.

"Your efforts toward reducing future flood losses in Randolph County are commendable," the letter states.

Commissioner Chris See said the ordinance will benefit county residents because those who currently have flood insurance will be able keep their coverage. He added that because of building standards in the flood zone, others will receive some assurance that large debris will not be washed downstream during high waters.

Those who opposed the ordinance argued that it infringed upon the rights of property owners. County commissioners conducted a public hearing that enabled individuals to express opinions about the ordinance. After the hearing See, Office of Emergency Management Director Marvin Hill and some Randolph County residents discussed issues that could be changed and made minor adjustments to the ordinance before its final reading.

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