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State Official Says Some Arkansas Homes Didn't Follow Flood Regulations

JACKSONVILLE, AR - Some homes in Arkansas communities with tough floodplain rules still ended up filled with water.  A state official said today that's an indication that city and county officials may not have fully enforced the regulations.

Michael Borengasser, a flood expert with the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission, said some homes that should have been protected now have river silt covering kitchen counters and tar-black mud in bedrooms.  While older homes may have been exempt from rules, others sat in danger as heavy rains and floods swept through the state in March and April.

Borengasser said that houses that were built in the last 15 years in communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program shouldn't have flooded, but some did.

However, he declined to name those communities after a speech yesterday before the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association.

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