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FLOODS: Halt development in flood zones

Letter by Marilyn Martinetto, Steilacoom on April 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | 1 Comment »
April 2, 2012 11:14 am

Matthew Glans’ letter (TNT, 4-1) speaks the obvious: Don’t continue to build in flood zones. They flood.

FEMA subsidizes flood insurance sold nationwide, and we all pay federal taxes to make that possible.
Even FEMA has been unable to pay for all the flooding and other storm damage nationwide. Why add to that burden by permitting added construction in flood zones? Why add to federal spending? Why add to the debt?

What interests profit from construction of added developments in flood zones? The interests that joined the National Wildlife Federation lawsuit. Only they oppose stopping FEMA from subsidizing more flood zone development. The Associations of: Master Builders, Realtors, Building Owners and Managers joined the lawsuit as “Property Owners For Sensible Floodplain Regulation” with cities as Puyallup.

In Pierce County it’s the Puyallup River, fed by the Carbon and White rivers, that flooded and created rich farmland that once drained floodwaters before the river flows hit the mud flat delta on which the Port of Tacoma is built that depends upon highways crossing that flood plain.

The Pierce County Council’s answer is to raise countywide property taxes to fund flood control. They will vote on Tuesday to create the Pierce County Flood Control Zone District and a tax that can be raised by majority council vote.

The same interests profit short term, and everyone else will pay the consequences long term for no halt in flood zone development.

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