CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The City of Cape Girardeau reminds residents with flood damage of the proper permit protocol necessary to get assistance.
Permits are required as part of local government participation in the National Flood Insurance Program, providing eligibility for flood insurance, flood disaster assistance, state and federal grants and loans and buyout funds for flood-prone property.
The city says local floodplain management ordinances require permits for any construction or development activity in a floodplain area, including the repair or reconstruction of structures damaged by flooding.
If you don't follow the protocols, it may delay your eligibility or keep you from being eligible for assistance.
The city says that special conditions also apply to substantially damaged buildings, such as if the total cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the structure's pre-flood market value.
For more information on eligibility and getting assistance, you can click here.
Property owners and residents with flood-damaged buildings should contact the City of Cape Girardeau Development Services Department for more information on repair and reconstruction permits.
The city asks that residents schedule an inspection to assess any flood damage prior to beginning any work.
Development Services is located on the second floor of City Hall, 401 Independence, in Cape Girardeau. You can call them at 573-339-6327.