RONDA — During the March work session of the Ronda Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Sandra Simmons announced that residents of Ronda now qualify for the FEMA Flood Program thanks to an ordinance passed in June of last year.
Homeowners in the United States cannot purchase flood insurance unless their community is eligible for the FEMA program. “I live right here on the river bank and I couldn’t get flood insurance,” explained Simmons. “That was my mission, not just for me but the people of Ronda. I’ve lived here almost 44 years and I’ve seen it pretty high.”
Because one person’s dam can cause another’s flood, cooperation of local, state and federal governments as well as home owners and land developers is necessary. Ordinances must be passed providing conservation of land and preventing uses that can cause damages leading to the potential for floods.
“We had to be approved by Wilkes County commissioners and then it had to go through the FEMA program in Raleigh and Emergency Management,” explained Simmons. “It took a lot of steps and different organizations for us to get approved. It was a whole lot more people than just little old me.
“It also gives us relief if we have a tornado or any disaster that we might have here,” reminded Simmons, “We’ve seen it happen in other areas. I’m just pleased to have been a part of it. It’s on the books now.”
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.