MEMA: Residents in special flood zone areas need permit before making ‘major repairs’


OF MEMA LEE SMITHSON TO TELL US HOW THE PEARL RIVER CRESTING AFFECTS WESTERN MISSISSIPPI. RANDI: WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO PREPARE?>>WE’RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR CITIZENS. HANCOCK COUNTY OPENED UP A SHELTER FOR RESIDENTS IN THE PEARLINGTON AREA THAT IF THEIR HOMES FLOOD, THEY HAVE A SAFE AND TRY PLACE TO GO. LIKE HEATH ALLEN REPORTED, WE ARE CONTINUING TO WATCH THE PEARL RIVER AS IT GOES TO THE ANTICIPATED CREST OF 21 FEET. 21 FEET IS A HISTORIC CREST NOT SEEN SINCE 1983. WE ARE MONITORING IT. WE ARE PREPARED TO CONTINUE WITH ANY HIGH WATER RESCUES OR EVACUATIONS. WE’RE JUST HOPING THAT AT THE 21 FOOT LEVEL THAT TH HE RIVER STARTS TO RECEIVE. RANDI: HAVE YOU HEARD OF WATER IN HOMES AROUND THE PEARL RIVER?>>WE HAVE NOT. IT WAS A NICE SUNNY DAY YESTERDAY, SO RESIDENTS WERE PREPARING WITH SANDBAGS. WITH THE EXCEPTIONS OF HOMES THAT HAVE HISTORICALLY FLOODED IN THE PEARLINGTON AREA, WHERE RESIDENTS EXPECT THAT, NO SIGNIFICANT FLOODING HAS BEEN REPORTED TO MEMA . RANDI: WHAT ABOUT ROAD CLOSURES FROM PREVIOUS WHETHER WE SAW? WE KNOW HOMES WERE TRYING TO DRY OUT.>>NOTHING IN THE SOUTHERN SIX COUNTIES. THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA IS QUITE A BIT DIFFERENT. WE SAW A BIT OF RAIN IN THE DELTA THAT LOUISIANA SAW IN NORTHERN PARISHES. WE ARE BEGINNING TODAY TO DO OUR DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS. NO SIGNIFICANT ROAD CLOSURES IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE THAT HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS OF THIS MORNING. RANDI: ANY LAST WORDS FOR RESIDENTS IN MISSISSIPPI THIS MORNING?>>IF THEY LIVE IN A SPECIAL FLOOD HAZARD OR FLOOD ZONE AREA AND THAT ZONE STARTS WITH THE LETTER A OR B, BEFORE THEY START REPAIRS ARE REMOVING ROOF ALL SIDING THAT THEY MUST GET A BUILDING PERMIT. THAT HELPS THEM FILE THEIR CLAIMS TO GET INSURANCE MONEY. WE HOPE THAT THEY PAY ATTENTION IF THEY ARE IN THOSE FLOOD HAZARD AREAS TO MAKE SURE THEY GET A BUILDING PERMIT BEFORE THEY START MAJOR WORK. THAT DOES NOT APPLY TO MOVING FURNITURE AND COVERING HOLES IN THE WALLS.

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