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SEC. 1.3 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE <br />It is the purpose of this ordinance to promote the public health, safety, <br />and general welfare, and to minimize public and private losses due to flood <br />conditions in specific areas by provisions designed: <br />(1) To protect human life and health; <br />(2) To minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control <br />projects; <br />(3) To minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with <br />flooding and generally undertaken at the expense of the general <br />public; <br />(4) To minimize prolonged business interruptions; <br />(5) To minimize damage to public facilities and utilities such as water <br />and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines, streets and <br />bridges located in areas of special flood hazard; <br />(6) To help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the second use <br />and development of areas of special flood hazard so as to minimize <br />future flood blight areas; <br />(7) To insure that potential buyers are notified that property is in <br />an area of special flood hazard; and, <br />(8) To ensure that those who occupy the areas of special flood hazard <br />assume responsibility for their actions. <br />SEC. 1.4. METHODS OF REDUCING FLOOD LOSSES. <br />In order to accomplish its purposes, this ordinance includes methods <br />and provisions for: <br />-2- <br />