Her dream condo was flooded by storm water — 4 feet deep

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities People don't often think about flooding in landlocked neighborhoods, nowhere near a river or ocean. But storm water floods can cause a heap of damage, as Bonnie Miles, a retired Veteran in Roanoke, Virginia, recently learned. Miles was a first time home buyer as of September 1, 2018. When …

Will County help HOA homeowners prevent floods?

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Homebuyers often assume that when they buy a home in a new subdivision, it’s unlikely to flood. But there’s increasing evidence that new construction isn’t floodproof. Pace residents look for answers on stormwater drainage issues in Ashley Plantation Anne Delaney, Pensacola News Journal Published 6:06 a.m. CT Sept. 28, …

After a mudslide in this Hawaii community, HOA members assessed $3,900

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Many owners of property in association-governed communities have a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept of "common interest."   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Today's feature article about special assessments features mudslide-plagued Launani Valley in Mililani, Hawaii. The community of more than 800 homes was originally established in 1992-1993. As the reader can see in …

One year later: Recovery of condos & HOAs after Hurricane Harvey (TX)

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities One year after Hurricane Harvey devastated entire neighborhoods in the Houston area, several association-governed, common interest communities are struggling to recover. A slow, uncertain recovery for The Pines Condominium At the Pines Condominium, ground floor units were flooded with several feet of water contaminated by raw sewage. According to …

NC: After two decades, Sago Bay HOA gets flood relief from New Hanover County

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Hurricane season is well underway, and Sago Bay community in North Carolina was recently flooded by several feet of water — up to 7 feet in some areas — after several days of steady, higher than average rainfall. This wasn’t a hurricane or a named storm. That’s what makes …

Tucson business owner says HOA storm water wash overflowed and flooded his property

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By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities Continental Reserve HOA  is a planned community of 1,326 homes managed by Associa-Tucson, established in 2002. Typical of many desert communities in Arizona, its storm water system consists of dry riverbeds called “washes.” Most of Arizon’s rain falls in the monsoon season, which runs from June 15 - September 30. …

Condo living not so carefree for these owners

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Owning a condo is not as affordable and carefree as real estate brokers and developers promise. When you share walls, roofs, and financial liabilities with co-owners, you have limited control over how association property is maintained, whether or not it is adequately insured, or who will ultimately make …

Why do local officials permit building of HOA, condo communities on a flood plain?

Members of neighborhing HOA voice concerns about new development By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities No matter how many properties are damaged or destroyed by floods each year, developers and home builders keep pushing to build new communities on the 100-year flood plain. It’s important for readers to understand that the chance of a property …

FL: Volusia County suggests HOA to fund improvement of flooded private dirt road

By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Life-long big city residents may not realize that some of their rural neighbors still live on dirt roads, and that they are expected to maintain those roads without any help from local or state government. One example: Ranchette Road in Volusia County, Florida, roughly 6 miles west of …

Connecting the dots: Storm water, flood control, HOAs, and affordable housing

A trio of DESTRUCTIVE hurricanes have thrust the related issues of flood control and storm water management into the limelight   By Deborah Goonan, Independent American Communities   Regular readers of IAC know I emphasize the fact that financial burdens of storm water management and flood control systems are heaped upon property owners and residents …