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Newton County Judge Ronnie Cochran has released a statement regarding flooding, recovery, and ordinances

Newton County Judge Ronnie Cochran has released a statement regarding the flooding situation and ordinances to help citizens to recover from it.

The devastating flooding that has affected our neighbors reminds us of the unpredictability of nature and the importance of being prepared.

It is crucial to prioritize the safety of ourselves, our loved ones, and our property. I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the Newton County Floodplain Ordinance and the vital role it plays in safeguarding our homes and livelihoods.

The ordinance outlines regulations and guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of flood damage and ensuring that new developments or any reconstruction of existing structures are carried out with careful consideration for flood mitigation.

One of the key provisions of this ordinance is the requirement for a floodplain permit application for any new developments or reconstruction of more than 50% of a property. These guidelines are not meant to be intrusive or restrictive, but are designed to be a crucial step in protecting ourselves and our property from the devastating effects of flooding.

They have been put in place for many years with the sole purpose of keeping our citizens and their property safe during events like the recent flooding. By adhering to these regulations, we can mitigate the risk of flood damage and ensure that our homes are more resilient in the face of natural disasters.

I urge each and every one of you to familiarize yourself with the Newton County Floodplain Ordinance and please contact our office for guidance on any new construction or reconstruction.

It is also important to note that in order for the county to obtain ratings for decreased flood insurance rates we are expected to ensure adherence to these guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines is also required for any federal assistance during these events.

This is for any and all developments in Newton County, not just those in flood-prone areas.

Let us work together to build a safer, more resilient community, where the impact of flooding is minimized, and our homes are better equipped to withstand the forces of nature.

As always, please share this information with your neighbors who may not have access to these posts. Any local development has the potential to affect the flow of water and could cause flooding where there had been none before.

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