KINGWOOD \u2014 Preston County commissioners were updated on changes in enforcing flood plain regulations Tuesday.\r\nCounty Flood Plain Coordinator Clark Nicklow also promised to return at a future meeting with \u201csome very good news.\u201d He was mum on the details of that announcement.\r\nOn Tuesday, Nicklow brought an updated intergovernmental agreement between the county and the Town of Albright for commission approval.\r\nHomes have been built in Albright that aren\u2019t in compliance with flood plain regulations, he said. \u201cWe\u2019ve got multiple\u00a0\u00a0 issues with structures that were put in without our knowledge. And part of this intergovernmental agreement was for them to communicate with us.\u201d\r\nThe county flood control ordinance requires everyone who is building to check with the county Office of Emergency Management first. Those who don\u2019t could find themselves paying more for flood insurance. Sometimes moving a structure a few feet removes it from the\u00a0 zone.\r\nFlood zones, which were redrawn by FEMA in 2012, are not just by the Cheat River and other waterways. People can build in flood zones, but they must follow guidelines handed down by FEMA. If the county doesn\u2019t regulate flood zones, residents could lose their flood insurance.\r\n\u201cAs a county and the smaller communities, we could do a better job of communicating to people to check before you build,\u201d Nicklow said. \u201cIt\u2019s much easier to say \u2018Hey, you\u2019re in a flood plain and this what you need to do,\u2019 than it is when you put a structure there and then have to mitigate it.\u201d\r\nIt\u2019s also cheaper, he said.\r\nCommission President Dave Price noted a structure doesn\u2019t have to be a home. It can be an outbuilding. Nicklow said the\u00a0 two latest things with FEMA have been structures of\u00a0 600 square feet or less and propane tanks.\r\n\u201cBecause both those things become missiles going downstream hitting houses,\u201d he said.\r\nUpdated agreements with all 10 Preston municipalities are in the works, \u201cbut due to the importance of this one I\u2019ve brought it,\u201d Nicklow said of the Albright agreement.\r\nCounty Administrator Kathy Mace said the updated agreements contain the newest language required by FEMA. An addition, Nicklow said, is that each town agrees to send a representative to annual training at the county office, where they will learn the latest requirements for flood plain management.\r\n\u201cPart of the issue we had is that not every town has a liaison to work on flood plain management,\u201d Mace said. \u201cWhat we\u2019re running into is that no one on the town level -- and they\u2019re the ones who take the permits, the building permits and all that kind of stuff -- no one on the town level really has the knowledge.\u201d\r\nTown building permits are often the first step toward construction, Mace noted, so it\u2019s important they include info about flood zone regulations.\r\nSome towns are\u00a0 following the rules of flood plain management. \u201cRowlesburg\u2019s doing an awesome job,\u201d Nicklow said.\u00a0 \u201cBut for those towns that are in a flood prone area --\u00a0 you can see the result in southern West Virginia. If a flood happens it\u2019s not overnight that you rebuild.\u201d\r\nBut if construction follows flood plain rules, there\u2019s less damage and quicker recovery, he said.\r\nAlso at the meeting, Commissioner Samantha Stone provided the latest road report from the State Division of Highways. Stone said paving is wrapping up on W.Va. 26 south, but she doesn\u2019t have a date for when lines will be painted on the road. Work will be done on Oaks Hill of that road to fix a drainage issue, she said.\r\nStone\u00a0 also said there will be resurfacing on W.Va. 24 and the Brandonville Pike. And the DOH and Kingwood are working on a drainage issue on North Sigler Street, she said.\r\n\u201cI think it\u2019s pretty good since it\u2019s not the first of June yet, and we\u2019ve probably had more [work done] than the entire year in past years,\u201d\u00a0 Price said.