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Flood Victims in Kendricktown Face Floodplain Ordinance: Rebuilding Wait Follows

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Victims of flooding work to clean up the damage. But in one area an ordinance could prevent rebuilding.

     Residents of Kendricktown north of Carthage are flood victims again. The area sits in a flood plain.

     And while they work to get back in their homes, they're learning an ordinance could make that impossible.

Margarito and Beider  Reyes  washed and scrape off residue from what was once a carpeted closet and bedroom of their home.

The Reyes family believes it can have the house cleaned up  ready to move back into it  in thirty days but they're waiting on permission from the county.

Beider translated his fathers statement that, "The Missouri law, the sheriff, came over to see the house, do  inspection. If we can build or not. So  we don't have a special time when we can come back." 

They live in Kendricktown where residents saw flood waters from Spring river come into their homes reaching levels four to five feet high. But what arrived after the flooding is equally troubling: a notice from the county of a floodplain ordinance.

Clayton Christy  is the flood plain administrator. He says, "The notice I gave them  says they can clean up, protect their property, anything like that is eligible."

But a friend of the Franklin's who live in this trailer, they hope to repair says the ordinance leaves  them in limbo. Justin Batson says, "They're just  now getting it thrown at them they're trying to clean up and rebuild  and they're getting ordinances  thrown at them saying no you can’t do that until we approve  certain things it’s kind of a waiting game and a really bad  waiting game when it involves your life and your home  and everything its bad really bad."

William Stanley who owns property with 4 trailers deemed a total loss says  they should have been told about the ordinance after  flooding in 2008.

Stanley says, "We didn't know anything about an ordnance so we moved this sixteen  by eighty (trailer) right on in. "

Christy says, "The flood plain ordinance  does not say you cannot build in the flood plain. It just  sets standards for what you have to do if you build in the flood plain."

And that,  for Stanley,  could make rebuilding impossible.

Stanley explained, "It’s got to be above the last flood water level.You're talking raising these trailers  another  four to five feet."

Stanley is looking for a new place to live, while others, like the Reyes,  pile up furniture for the dumpster and hope their home can also be salvaged..

    

 Christy says the flood plain ordinance standards are in line with those from FEMA. 

     If a structure is damaged more than fifty percent it can't be repaired until compliance with the flood plain ordinance is demonstrated.

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