Flood Plain Will Affect Chapman Rebuilding

By: AP
By: AP

CHAPMAN, Kan. (AP) _ Recovery in tornado-damaged Chapman could
depend on where in the town a person lives.

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

The federal government underwrites insurance for buildings in flood plains and has rules limiting development there. Bell says that means 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 more than half the property's value face compliance issues.

Some residents thought that might mean they won't be able to rebuild in the flood plain. But Bell says that's not necessarily the case. While some structures might need to be moved, it's also possible people might need to raise the level of the lot and structure to meet requirements.

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