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Metro Council members look to undo ordinance preventing flood-damage repairs

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Ed and Dorothy Beavers have lived in their home on West Indian Trail for 30 years, and they've been flooded seven times. Ed and Dorothy Beavers have lived in their home on West Indian Trail for 30 years, and they've been flooded seven times.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A city ordinance is preventing dozens -- perhaps hundreds -- of families from rebuilding their homes after last month's flooding, but metro government may fix a problem it helped create.

Ed and Dorothy Beavers have lived in their home on West Indian Trail for 30 years, and they've been flooded seven times.

“We're getting too old to do this over, and over, and over again,” said Dorothy Beavers.

The most recent washout came last month. In the past, they've rebuilt, but this time it's different.

“We can't rebuild because they won't give us our permit to rebuild,” said Beavers.

That's because of an ordinance passed in 2006.

If, over 10 years, a home suffers flood damage exceeding half its market value, MSD will not grant a building permit -- unless the home is raised a foot above the flood zone.

It's something the Beavers can't afford.

“That leaves us having to live in this situation. We have no place else to go,” said Beavers.

It means the Beavers are living with half their drywall removed, mold inside the walls, and appliances like their gas stove unusable.

“I have an electric skillet that I cook with. I have a griddle that we use to cook things in, and a microwave,” she said.

District 10 Metro Councilman Steve Magre is helping push an ordinance that would suspend the building ban for six months, allowing families and businesses to rebuild while a special task force studies a long term solution.

“Once it's stamped, approved and done, then these good folks can go in and get their permits, and get back to living,” said Magre.

The Beavers say they appreciate any help they can get. They're hoping, ultimately, for a buyout.

“I don't want to give up my home. It's going to be heartbreaking to do it and move out of this area, but we've got to do something,” said Beavers.

If 18 council members agree, the ordinance could be given emergency status, meaning it could pass in one day and be sent to the mayor for his signature.

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