Floods: Rebuilding Permits

Floods February 08, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

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Rebuilding Permits

Consider your options

After an area is flooded, local authorities may restrict or limit rebuilding. In some cases, authorities may consider a buy-out plan to avoid future rebuilding in an area.

A general rule of thumb is that property that has:

  1. flooded three times, or
  2. has experienced more than 50 percent

damage in one flood or multiple floods may be prevented from rebuilding. Whether or not authorities restrict rebuilding, you should consider your options before you rebuild. Also, consider the facility itself.

Disaster victims often want to rebuild just the way it was before as a way to get life back to normal. But after a flood may be the best time to change damaged buildings or reconsider site layout to better suit your future needs — and flood proofing is one of those needs.





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