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Flood Ravaged Trailer Park Claims Zoning Laws Slow Recovery
Halliday told Eyewitness News, "We get different rules everyday. We just want to know what rules are in place. We think that many of the new code and zoning laws are not needed here and the previous laws should be grandfathered-in so we can get people into their new homes. Why should we have to pour concrete for these homes when the ones damaged by floods were never knocked off their foundations and did not float away. We also have an issue with electrical boxes. Fresh water damage can be repaired, but now we have to replace those boxes for no reason!"
Roy Thomas, Exeter Towsnhip Zoning Officer responded to Halliday's concerns and questions. Thomas told Eyewitness News, "The regulations are designed with safety in mind. We have to make sure the new homes are safe for people to live in and can withstand another flood. We don't have a choice with the national standards that are set in place. We all have to follow the law."
Thomas did say he can make exceptions for things like storage sheds or even lot size but when it comes to safety issues there is no exception.