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Rebuilding efforts continue in Pilger

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As rebuilding efforts continue in the Village of Pilger, another natural disaster is affecting how residents are building their new homes.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a presentation on the different facets of their National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA says flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States.

FEMA's Natural Hazards Program Specialist said three quarters of Pilger's Village limits, lie in the Elkhorn River Flood Plain, and is the same area impacted by the June 16th tornado strike.

"So any home that has suffered substantial damage, meaning the damage is 50% or above the market value of the structure will need to rebuild according to the current flood plain management standards," said Shani Teltschik, a FEMA Natural Hazards Program Specialist.

One of those management standards includes making sure the lowest floor on any new structure built is one foot above the base flood elevation.

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