Homeowners in Mississippi’s Moss Point Fight Flood Insurance Rules

November 29, 2012

Moss Point officials hope a city judge will set a court date in December to determine if 47 properties must comply with rules to elevate homes in flood plains.

Andrew R. Beamon, who became director of the city’s building inspection office in July, told the Mississippi Press that he expects Municipal Judge Maxine Conway would begin hearings in groups of 10 on the properties.

“The city is taking all of these homes to court to get a ruling to see if these houses are compliant or noncompliant with our flood plain ordinance,” Beamon said,

The city requires homes in flood plains, mostly along rivers and bayous, to elevate one foot above the base flood elevation in each designated zone.

Beamon said residents must bring the homes into compliance or the city of Moss Point could lose its flood insurance.

In 2009, the Moss Point Board of Aldermen adopted new federal guidelines for flood plains required by the National Flood Insurance Program.

Violators can be disconnected from water service.

Once service is disconnected, an inspector must determine if homes meet the new height guidelines before service will be restored. If not, the house must be elevated, though the city will work with residents on the requirement allowance, said Beamon.

He said about 400 homes previously subject to the new height requirements have been reduced to the 47 because homeowners demolished the structures, sold the property or moved away.

Still, others have complied, either elevating the homes or rebuilding at the proper height.

The elevation coverage includes homes on slabs.

“The city has been dealing with these structures since Katrina,” Beamon said. “Basically, however the judge rules the city is going to move forward on these properties.”

Latest Comments

  • December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am
    Dave says:
    No, I'm fully with Tired of it all. If you live in a flood plain, either elevate your structure or don't expect flood insurance. It's pretty simple...where I live there are ma... read more
  • November 29, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    GA / MS Resident says:
    Tired of it all...you shouldn't make such a hasty comment on a subject without fully understanding what you're talking about. A lot of the structures on the water in coastal ... read more
  • November 29, 2012 at 1:43 pm
    Tired of it all says:
    It is about time that folks were forced to improve their own situation. Not living in a flood prone area I am sick to death of having tax dollars bail folks out everytime it ... read more
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