Flood Elevation Map Compromise Urged

In recent days, city officials in Hancock County have expressed concerns over the proposed FEMA flood elevation maps. They say under the new requirements, homes and businesses would have to be built so high, they doubt many people will bother.

And they are right. A measure of common sense has to be used in this debate. Bay St. Louis and Waveland have never seen a storm pack a punch like Katrina.

If a compromise is not hammered out between FEMA and the cities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, the city fathers say their friends and neighbors won't come home and their towns will die a slow and painful death.

We strongly urge FEMA to go back to the drawing board and come up with maps that are more reflective of the city's ability to rebuild. At the very least, FEMA should sit down at the bargaining table and hear the concerns of the mayors. If they don't do so soon, the new regulations may not matter, because there will be nothing left

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David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager