BY: Wesley Martin
How does one communicate gratitude while still expressing concern? Meet Kacey Phillips, a single mother who recently moved into Camshire Meadows, a residential community built by Habitat for Humanity.
Phillips, who moved into the Warrington community in March of this year, said that though she enjoys her new home, she worries about the physical location of her residence.
“The whole road in the front flooded, so basically we couldn’t come in or out,” Phillips said referring to the storms that occurred almost two weeks ago. “My yard was flooded [and the water] actually brought all my mulch up.”
Phillips said that though her home didn’t receive any water damage, that incident scared her.
“If we had gotten any more rain, I think it would’ve caused [my home] to flood,” she said.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps, the areas surrounding the Camshire Meadows community are flood areas. And according to an unnamed source, the actual residential community is built on wetlands; the individual also claimed that if one dug three or four feet into the ground, they would hit water.
Horace Jones, Division Manager of Escambia County’s Planning & Zoning Division, said every newly built residential community has a strenuous planning process before developers can even break ground.
“We do check if the site has wetlands — all of this is falls under the site plan review process,” he said. “Once they make it through that process, then they will be issued a preliminary plat: a construction plan development order. Once the order is approved, the developer can do their project … but wetlands have to be reviewed by the county and our environmental department.
(FEMA can be involved if the area is a flood zone area during the site plan review process).
A spokesperson from Habitat for Humanity said that all of their homes are built to code.