Being Flexible On ‘Floodway’ Rule

It appears Dillonvale residents will have to put up with water dripping on their heads from the village event center’s leaky roof because of the possibility that, figuratively speaking, their feet may get wet.

With enthusiastic support from county and regional officials, the village had sought a $208,900 federal grant to repair the roof. But Jefferson County commissioners have been informed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will not approve the grant.

Why? Because the event center, formerly used as a school, is located in a “floodway” of nearby Short Creek.

This is not the first time federal funding has been denied for a project because it was located in an area where flooding is possible. Such rejections appear to be federal government policy.

So, what are Dillonvale residents to do? Raise the $208,900 themselves? Perhaps build an expensive new event center out of reach of flooding? Neither option is appealing.

On paper and in Washington, the policy may sound appropriate. It has an entirely different sound in Dillonvale. HUD officials should be flexible enough to reconsider.


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