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Auburn waives fees for flood protection

Post by Mike Archbold on Oct. 23, 2009 at 10:12 am with No Comments »
October 23, 2009 11:18 am

The City of Auburn is waiving fees for inspecting and permitting sewer back flow protection during the upcoming flood season.

Anyone who paid such fees after Oct. 8 will have that them refunded.

The potential savings is up to $60. While no fee will be charged, an inspection and permit are required. Fees will be waived through March 1.

“This decision came at the urging of Municipal Services (Committee) chairperson Gene Cerino,” said Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. “He saw a real need to offer real assistance to our community so they can prepare for a potential disaster and we acted accordingly.”

Auburn along with other Green River Valley cities face the threat of catastrophic flooding from the Green River if the weakened Howard Hanson Dam can’t hold back flood water in the event of a major rain storm.

If there is a flooding, there can be a backup of water and sewage into homes or businesses. Plumbers can install a device to prevent back-flow of water coming into a home and causing more damage.

Lewis signed an emergency proclamation Oct. 8 that allows the city to waive certain statutory contracting and budget requirement in the face of the flood threat.

City officials also warn citizens to be aware of scams or price gauging. Be sure that any service provider at your home or business is licensed and bonded and provides proper identification.And never pay in advance for any service until it is completed to your satisfaction, they said.

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