Mississippi County fallout from ordinance failure

By KEITH BOLES - bio | email feedback

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) --The failure of the Mississippi County Quorum Court to approve the new flood plain ordinance is causing homeowners to vent their frustrations.

Homeowners, realtors, farmers and others all had questions at Wednesday's emergency committee meeting of the quorum court in Blytheville.

David Lendennie the Mississippi County Flood Plain Manager said those few homeowners that showed up were only a small portion of those who have policies in the county.

Jessica Roberts lives in the flood plain and is trying to sell her home and buy another home elsewhere. Her flood insurance expires at the end of the month and can't get new insurance which FEMA won't allow to be purchased. She's stuck, the buyer of her home is stuck. Everybody concerned isn't happy.

She intends to be at the next full quorum court meeting and vent her frustrations. She won't be alone.

A line in the new ordinance seems to have special meaning to farmers, particularly rice farmers and what they can or can not do.

Roy McClure from FEMA says his organization has no interest in fields just the structures on the farm that may be in danger of being flooded or if a farmer decides to make a major drainage change that could affect others.

Committee members who were present on Wednesday voted to take today's information back to the full court but feel it still could be a tough sell.

The next meeting will be Tuesday night in Osceola.

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