ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Two Dougherty County homeowners have been given six months to bring their properties into compliance with federal flood rules.
Officials say not being in compliance will jeopardize future natural disaster aid for the entire county.
A deck and driveway on Lover's Lane Road, as well as the neighboring fence and storage shed, were built on land where FEMA forbid construction.
The homeowners both lease the flood way land from the county, land the county acquired during the 1994 federal flood buyouts.
County Attorney Spencer Lee told the homeowners today that he can't see any alternative for the county but to get the properties in compliance or risk future federal disaster money for the entire county.
"We are just simply going to try to talk to FEMA and see if there is any variance they are willing to give us and see if any other property owners that are in non-compliance. We are all in the same boat we are all just trying to do what's right," said Jim Irvin Lover's Lane Homeowner.
If the homeowners cannot get a special variance from FEMA, they will have to remove the fence and storage shed, as well as the cement driveway.
The staircase which leads to the back door of one of the homes will have to come down, too, as it is in the floodway.