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Regulations for rebuilding homes after the flood

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County officials say they can't force many of the owners to raise their homes. County officials say they can't force many of the owners to raise their homes.
LEESBURG, GA (WALB) -

Many Lee County homes that flooded in 1994 and 98 were rebuilt to avoid flooding, but others were not and got water in them again recently.

Any new homes built in the flood zone must be built above the major flood level, and many rebuilt homes were elevated.

County officials say they can't force many of the owners to raise their homes. 

"We can't tell somebody they have to raise their house unless they have 50 percent damage," said Matthew Inman, Lee County planning and zoning director. "If they do have 50 percent damage it is an ordinance that they have to meet all current standards which would include being 3 feet above the base flood elevation. The majority of the houses on this last flooding event had very minimal damage."

Nearly 90 homes in Lee County were damaged by flooding on Christmas weekend.

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