Developers: Flood-plain maps could cut revenues

Full story: El Paso Times

A federal effort to ensure that the nation's levees can protect homes from 100-year floods could drastically slow development in the Upper Valley and cost local governments property-tax revenue, say area homeowners and developers.

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Moe

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Sep 23, 2010
 
Its all aabout greedy developers who want to build in the flood plains and leave the home owner holding the bag. If you build in a flood zone it is not if it will flood but when. The city should not allow any development in floods zones and as for Ann Morgan Lilly asking what can we do. You moron don't build in there that is the answer. Another example of how stupid the city council members are. No wonder we in El Paso are laughed at, everytime someone on council opens their mouth stupidity comes out. How much money has she taken from these developers is the real question.
Rey

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Sep 23, 2010
 
Moe, right on the money.

Why didnt they study the maps BEFORE building in flood plains. Now all of a sudden they notice there is something wrong with the maps? Yeah.

Lilley's solution, USE STIMULUS funds. Hello, it is not a permanent fund nor a permanent solution for the many years of flooding to come. The solution is STOP building in flood plains and every nook and cranny you see. Wasnt it Lilley that was elected with the Protection of the Arroyos pledge? Arroyos-Flood Plains, any clues, Lilley?ZZZZZZzzzzzz, her usual repsonse.

Keep on listening and kow towing to the developers, once the propery is sold, what do they care. Wait until they build the new houses on the side of the mountains. Guess they never heard of erosion during the rain.

Take a good look at the present homes that are struggling with the erosion of their backyard/patio everything it rains.

They will be bailed out everytime there's a flood, with tax dollars. Just like those that keep rebuilding beach houses in the hurricane areas.
Dredging

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Sep 23, 2010
 
The river needs to be dredged. Texas cities to include El Paso have not been enforcing the 1990s Clean Water Act that requires limiting silts into rivers etc. Construction activities along with property owners have been depositing silts into storm drains that go straight to the river causing river flows to rise. Enforcement is a city, County and State responsibility.

Thus higher flood levels. Dredging is expensive but so is loss of tax dollars and flood insurance.
Needs-vs-Wants

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Sep 23, 2010
 
If new buildings are prohibited from these areas, someone will build them in an area where the rest of us won't be required to bankroll the federal flood insurance program.

In the end, we will save.

P.S. I still wonder why everyone has a soft spot in their hearts for rebuilding New Orleans. Somehow building a house 10 feet below sea level along the coast does not make sense, especially, when there is the big uproar about the seas rising due to global warming.
Enough is Enough

Houston, TX

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Sep 23, 2010
 
Moe wrote:
Its all aabout greedy developers who want to build in the flood plains and leave the home owner holding the bag. If you build in a flood zone it is not if it will flood but when. The city should not allow any development in floods zones and as for Ann Morgan Lilly asking what can we do. You moron don't build in there that is the answer. Another example of how stupid the city council members are. No wonder we in El Paso are laughed at, everytime someone on council opens their mouth stupidity comes out. How much money has she taken from these developers is the real question.
You are correct! All I ever hear from developers and builders is - ME! ME! ME! As for City Council, including the mayor - they have absolutely no critical-thinking skills or common sense.

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