MAY 19, 1997

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Opinion

Why houses on the floodplain?

floodplains Recently I had the opportunity to volunteer my time sandbagging to help King County Surface Water Management protect the people who have homes on this floodplain. This caused me to question how it was possible for someone to build a house on a floodplain even though the recent laws passed are to prevent such building.
   The landowner mentioned that his house was only two years old and he had obtained a waiver so he could build his house on the floodplain. He expects King County to protect his property by placing a 3- to 4-foot-tall sandbag wall through the middle of his back yard. What gives him the right to expect this of King County when he obtained a waiver to build there?
   The government needs to enforce the laws more strictly so something like this won't happen again.

Matthew Hodge, Bothell