City and victims take first steps toward rebuilding
As they look at the pile of rubble that earlier this week was their business, owners are probably asking themselves how they start to rebuild.
Rick Martin, the head of the City of Georgetown Building and Planning Department, said the process begins with the cleanup and then insurance companies will get involved.
Martin said the owners of the buildings met with city officials Thursday morning and will now begin working with their insurance companies to see what their different policies cover.
He also said a meeting was held with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss the possibility the new buildings would have to be elevated because of laws concerning flood zones. He said FEMA has granted the businesses permission to rebuild at the same level but they will have to take waterproofing measures.
When asked about the hurdles the owners will have to jump with the Architectural Review Board guidelines, Martin said he feels it will be a smooth process.
We had ARB members here today. Everybody is in the spirit of working together, Martin said. I think the biggest headache is the shock of what happened.
Martin said there is no way to predict how long the rebuilding will take.
It depends on how soon they can make insurance settlements, he said.
By Scott Harper
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