Flood Plain Will Affect Chapman Rebuilding

By: AP
By: AP

CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) _ The rebuilding process after a recent tornado hit Chapman will be affected by the central Kansas town's low-lying terrain.

Dickinson County zoning administrator Gina Bell said 95 percent of the damage from the June 11 tornado is confined to east Chapman, which sits in a flood plain.

This creates compliance issues for heavily damaged buildings.

Bell said if damage totals less than half of a building's appraised value, the owner can make needed repairs.

But buildings in the flood plain with damage exceeding half the property's value face compliance issues. The federal government underwrites insurance for buildings in flood plains and has rules limiting development there.

Chapman residents have thought that might mean they won't be able to rebuild in the flood plain. But Bell said that's not the case.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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