Concerns Over Code Issues as Tornado Victims Rebuild

MAYFLOWER, AR -- As residents in Mayflower begin the long process of rebuilding after the tornado, there are worries about new building and zoning regulations that may not be realized.

"About a third of my house has roof on it," said Sherry Appleman who lives on Dam Rd. in Mayflower.

Not all of her home was destroyed, but there's much work to be done.

"I plan on rebuilding," said Appleman.  "Most people here plan on rebuilding."

Appleman's home was built around 60 years ago.  Over the last 20 years, county officials say rules have changed. 

"It may not cross through their minds that we've got codes to comply with," said Faulkner County PIO, David Hogue.

He went door-to-door Tuesday explaining various government agencies offering help and warning of potential pitfalls as victims begin to rebuild and repair.

"If you get stuck in this process, I'm going to do everything I can to try to help you out," Hogue told Appleman.

With so much work to be done, Appleman was glad someone stopped by with a reminder to watch the small details even in the midst of a big job.

Next Monday night, a public meeting is scheduled at Mayflower Elementary where tornado victims can get information about help that's available.  They'll also be able to meet with lawyers to discuss zoning and code enforcement issues they may encounter.

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