Mayhew pointed to repair estimates for Hartford Road and other county roads as exceeding the damage necessary, estimating about $500,000 for those roads. Mayhew gave the Daily Guide a press release concerning one of the main topics of conversation at the meeting, flooded property evaluations.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) visited Pulaski County Sunday, according to Pulaski County commissioners and discussed at Monday morning's County Commission meeting.
Presiding Commissioner Gene Newkirk said the commission was not notified that FEMA would be in the area to receive preliminary estimates on damage until 8:30 Sunday morning, which also happened to be Mother's Day.
Pulaski County Surveyor and Flood Plain Administrator Don Mayhew said he was upset about the short notice and the fact that the meeting was held on Mother's Day. Mayhew went on to explain that the purpose of the meeting was to gather together "the numbers" to see if the area and the state would meet federal disaster declaration criteria.
Mayhew pointed to repair estimates for Hartford Road and other county roads as exceeding the damage necessary, estimating about $500,000 for those roads. Mayhew gave the Daily Guide a press release concerning one of the main topics of conversation at the meeting, flooded property evaluations.
As Pulaski County Flood Plain Administrator, Mayhew will be evaluating damaged property over the next few weeks. Mayhew is required to do a Substantial Damage Estimate on all flood-damaged structures, a separate estimate from the type that is performed by insurance adjusters.
"By federal law, all damaged structures must be evaluated whether or not the structure was covered by flood insurance before they can be repaired or replaced," Mayhew's press release said.
According to Mayhew, regardless of whether a property owner has insurance, plans to make a claim, or try to qualify for any programs, they still have to be evaluated and receive a flood plain development permit to repair or replace any structures.
"There are federal funds available for those who are interested in elevating, relocating, or demolishing a structure. Your property may also be eligible for a buyout," Mayhew's press release said.
Businesses, specifically discussed at the meeting were campgrounds, fall into a  special category Mayhew said.
"Campgrounds are in a special category of their own. Structures, on the other hand, that are in the special flood hazard area, that are part of the campground are going to be subject to the ordinance," Mayhew said.
According to the information provided by Mayhew at the meeting, campground owners have "three options" if they did not have flood insurance and they have damaged structures in the special flood hazard area.
"They can demolish and not rebuild there, they can elevate the structure out of their own pocket to get it above the special flood hazard area after they've applied for and received a flood plain development permit or they can relocate the structure," Mayhew said.
Additionally, Mayhew and commissioners discussed their frustration with FEMA, federal requirements and guidelines after a disaster event.
Mayhew said much of the problem is that the flood plain maps are wrong because they are drawing on faulty data. According to Mayhew the maps are based on precipitation data from the 1950's.
"It's like trying to predict a man's entire life knowing only two minutes of it," Mayhew said.
Additionally, in order to get more accurate data, the requirements would be difficult for the county to fund. Mayhew said high water mark data and river gauge data are important but the USGS doesn't have the funds to support the river gauges.
The Department of Defense used to fund the river gauges, but has since pulled its funding. The city of Waynesville and other entities have gotten together to fund them, but Mayhew said that was only for another year at this point.
High water mark data gathering can only be done by certain entities to meet the federal government's requirements and the county doesn't have the funding to pay for the gathering of the high water mark data, either, according to information provided at the meeting.
"We're going to end up in the same situation," Mayhew said.
Mayhew pointed to eight homeowners he knew of that elevated their structures based on guidelines and recommendations based on the maps, who were all flooded in the latest flooding event. All of the homeowners received funding from FEMA's federal program to elevate their structures to what was considered above flood levels and are eligible to receive funds again.
"Every one of those structures, all eight of them is eligible for funds for rebuilding, and where does it have be built? At the same elevation," Mayhew said.
If the homeowners, with flood insurance, exceed the recommendations and want to build higher, they must do it out of their own pockets.
Western District Commissioner Ricky Zweerink compared the process to a merry-go-round or a dog chasing its tale, in previous conversations with the Daily Guide. He said it doesn't make any sense to him why the government is willing to fund fixing these problems back to "pre-existing conditions over and over again," rather than following the recommendations of the Corps of Engineers or using "common sense."
Newkirk said he could take the problem to third graders at the elementary school as a math problem and they could solve it better.
The Daily Guide spent a day with Zweerink just after the recent flooding, touring the county and taking a look at roads and bridges that the county has been struggling with FEMA to receive reimbursement from, to learn about the ongoing problem in the less populated areas of the county.
Zweerink told the Daily Guide about a family in the Crocker area who had a house fire and lost their house thanks to the issue. A bridge leading to the house had to be closed, after a previous flood,  the Corps of Engineers said a new design of bridge is what is required to fix the problem with the bridge.
FEMA will not pay for the new design, the Corps won't allow the old one to be put back in place, and so the road remains closed.
According to Zweerink, firetrucks could not cross the bridge to get to the homeowners' house and had to go around costing a lot more time and the house burned down.
The county is required, by law, to follow the recommendations of the Corps and has had its hands tied due to the high cost of some of the issues.
The Daily Guide is planning to take a more in-depth look at the issue as it develops. The commission is hoping the new legislation introduced by Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler passes the Senate and helps make a difference with the ongoing struggle with FEMA.