A.   Findings:
      1.   The flood hazard areas of the community are subject to periodic inundation which results in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, and extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety and general welfare.
      2.   These flood losses are created by the cumulative effect of obstructions in floodplains which cause an increase in flood heights and velocities, and by the occupancy of flood hazard areas by uses vulnerable to floods and hazardous to other lands because they are inadequately elevated, floodproofed or otherwise protected from flood damage. (1985 Code § 12-401)
   B.   Interpretation: In the interpretation and application of this chapter, all provisions shall be:
      1.   Considered as minimum requirements;
      2.   Liberally construed in favor of the city council; and
      3.   Deemed neither to limit nor appeal any other powers granted under state statutes. (1985 Code § 12-410; amd. 2003 Code)