FLOODED DEKALB STRUCTURES TO BE BOUGHT
of the buyout is to avoid costly losses in future flood events"
March 23, 2000
- Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-4th) announces sixteen structures
in DeKalb County will be purchased and torn down as a result of
repetitive damage from floodwaters. Cost of the extensive project
will be $2,264,500. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will
fund 75 percent of the cost and the county will pay the remaining
The homes were built
before enactment of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
All 16 residences presently are occupied. Acquisition will permit
the occupants to move to safer ground.
FEMA's funding share
comes from the agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP),
a decade-old initiative that had put nearly $40 million into similar
flood control and mitigation projects by the close of 1999. "By
returning the sites to their natural condition, the project becomes
cost-effective and will save county taxpayers the cost of substantial
repairs in future times," concluded McKinney.