Houses in Flood Zones Areas Require Permits for Reconstruction

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A home on Oak Circle in Monroe stands like many others affected by the flood. 
 
A yard that’s full of debris, and when you walk through the door only the skeleton of the house remains. 
 
Property owner, Ron Scott says out of his 100 properties he rents out to residents, 23 were water damaged devastating the lives of our community. 
 
“It was an inconvenient for us and not fun at all, but for a lot of people like these people, they lost almost everything,” says Scott. 
 
What was torn down, must be built back up, but it takes a few steps. 
 
The Ouachita Parish Permit Office urges residents to get their permit before reconstruction. 
 
“We require that you bring in something that shows the estimates on what its going to cost to rebuild your house and any type of appraisal that shows the value of your house,” says building permit officer, Lisa Richardson.
 
Because of the flood damaged hundreds of homes, the Ouachita Parish Police Jury decided to lower the cost from $150  to $75 per permit. 
 
“One thing we could do to help people is reduce the permit fee by 50% on flood damage repairs,” says Richardson. 
 
The permit office assures residents this is an important need to not only help our local flood insurance but also for the livelihood of the community. 
 
“You don’t want your house to keep flooding and flooding and flooding, but the biggest thing is to protect life and property and infrastructure,” says Richardson. 
 
Scott says as a property owner, obtaining these permits help him to get the ball rolling to rebuild homes and lives. 
 
“These permits allow me to do the tear out and get it ready for the contractor to come in and do the sheet rock, the electrical, the cabinetry work, which we are not able to do ourselves,” says Scott. 

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