In 2005, I saw this house for sale and it was the perfect place to raise my family. It was LMT, a beautiful suburban community.
When I was told that I needed flood insurance, I questioned it. I was told that there was a 1 percent chance in a 100 years that it would flood.
Seven days after we moved in we had a flood.
We lost alot of precious memories, Photos, furniture, etc. and $73,000 for everything else. I went to a Lawyer and was told there was nothing that I could do. My fault for believing people were honest.
Since then we have had two other floods. Now the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is buying us out. FEMA is paying 75 percent, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Administration (PEMA) is paying 22 percent.
We asked the Lower Macungie Township Commissioners to help us with the 3 percent remaining. The Township gets the house and land for $6,000 (cheap price!) but LMT refused to help.
Whether the flooding is caused by past LMT commissioners allowing homes to be built in flood zones, or by recent commissioners approving all the new developing they did it without thought or concern of what flooding problems would occur.
The LMT Commissioners responsibility is to be there to protect and serve the families and the residents of the community. When the board of commissioners said they did not want to set precedent, I was sickened by the fact that this is what people have become.
GONE are the days when friends, neighbors, and community leaders helped good hard-working families who suffered a great loss, both mentally and financially. Is this the new America? Is this what we should teach our children?
The LMT commissioners' precedent is when families go in front of the BOC at a meeting to ask for help, the commissioners yell at them, they are rude to them, they put blame on the family, and then they turn their backs on them!
Would God approve of this? Are the LMT commissioners proud of this precedent? In closing, I would to thank Commissioner Brown for being a great and good man for standing up for what is right and being there for the people.
When Election time comes, we must vote out the self-serving commissioners and vote in community-serving commissioners.