BEVIL OAKS - Bevil Oaks mayor Becky Ford announced that residents can rebuild their homes at base flood elevation.
According to the city’s floodplain manager Kimberly Vandver, that means only 44 homes will have to be elevated out of over 200 in Bevil Oaks.
"I think [the residents] they're feeling relief, they finally got answers, I think it's going to go in a positive direction," Lewis Leach said.
Leach is a long-time resident of Bevil Oaks and feels others will have less stress over rebuilding after Harvey.
Previous proposals had asked for rebuilding or elevating homes up to two feet above base flood elevation.
Leach and many others received several feet of water in their home.
It’s one of the several problems the city is facing. Vandver says that the city’s water is “on and off” at this time.
Bevil Oaks Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Fruge said during the council’s meeting that the city is estimating up to $4 million in losses from city property damage and revenue loss.
"Three to four million dollars is a pretty big hickey for a town that has an income of $220,000 a year that we operate the city on. And about $300,000 that we take in on the utility side," Fruge said.
Leach says some residents have told him they are leaving Bevil Oaks, but he plans on staying.
Vandver says insurance premiums won’t be affected for homeowners elevating or rebuilding their home.
If they were, Leach wouldn’t mind paying.
"It's well worth it instead of having to spend anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 to elevate it [my house] to what they were requiring, or to tear down my daughter's childhood home," Leach said.
Vandver says full water pressure should return to the city in up to two weeks.
According to Vandver, residents can start rebuilding after they obtain an elevation certificate proving their home is at or above base flood elevation.
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