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Thirty to 100 homes and buildings in Pike County’s Mississippi River flood plain could have to be elevated or torn down as a result of the Flood of 2013, according to Pike County Emergency Management Director Al Murry.
Murry said last week that most of the homes and buildings are in the unincorporated area of the county near Annada, but a few are on the river north of Louisiana. Homes and buildings inside city limits are dealt with by those jurisdictions, he said.
Murry told the Pike County Commissioners recently about the county and federal laws that demand the structure elevations or destructions.
Those laws say that if a home or building in a flood plain has more than 50 percent accumulative damage from flooding over a 10-year period, the property owner must elevate the structure or tear it down. The structures would have to be raised two feet above the Flood of 1993 benchmark.
Louisiana does not have a similar law, according to City Administrator Bob Jenne. Clarksville Mayor Jo Anne Smiley was not available for comment on the matter on Tuesday, May 7.
For the full story, see the May 8 print edition of the Louisiana Press-Journal.