- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Area Planning Commission’s flood plain manager says people whose homes flooded may find that repairs bring them under newer and stricter building standards.

Melissa Becker tells The Town Talk http://townta.lk/1JcxXWZ ) that the flooding tracked the area’s flood plain maps pretty well.

She says an ordinance passed in 2007 grandfathered in buildings erected before the current, stricter codes for floodplain development took effect. But if those buildings need major repairs, says Becker, they may have to meet the newer requirements - including minimum elevation standards.

Property in a flood plain must be at or above the level considered to have a 1 percent chance of flooding in any given year. That includes living spaces and all electrical, heating, ventilation, plumbing and conditioning equipment.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, http://www.thetowntalk.com

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