New Ordinance: Manufactured Homes to be Sited above Flood Level

Under a deadline set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to change the city’s flood ordinance or lose the right for residents to obtain federal flood insurance, the city council of Denham Springs, Louisiana, approved changes to its flood ordinances. New construction and substantial improvements to a property within the city will have to be built with flood-resistant materials, and anchored to prevent it from floating away in this city just east of Baton Rouge. TheAdvocate tells the bottom beam of manufactured homes that have suffered flood damage must be above flood level as indicated on the FEMA flood maps. The council also had to approve the FEMA maps, which are used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, proposals for new MHCs and subdivisions must have adequate drainage to conform to the new regulations.

(Photo credit: city of Denham Springs)

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