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Published September 25, 2009, 08:13 AM

FEMA approves funds for another 26 buyouts in Cass County

UPDATED 9:00 a.m.
FARGO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to help cover the cost of buying another 26 flood-damaged homes in Cass County, North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced this morning.

By: Forum staff report, INFORUM

UPDATED 9:00 a.m.

FARGO – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to help cover the cost of buying another 26 flood-damaged homes in Cass County, North Dakota’s congressional delegation announced this morning.

That brings to 44 the total number of buyouts in Cass County through FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance program.

FEMA will contribute $5,778,600, or 75 percent of the cost of purchasing the 26 homes, which were damaged during spring flooding. The county will contribute the remaining $1,926,200, a news release stated.

FEMA initially determined that eight flood-damaged houses in Cass County would qualify for buyouts under the FMA program. The delegation said it worked with Cass County, FEMA and state officials on ways to allow more homes to qualify under the rules of the program.

The delegation called the announcement “a great relief” for homeowners and the county.

“These homes were subject to recurring flooding, leaving families uncertain of their futures,” the release stated. “This funding will allow those homeowners to move on with their lives, and help Fargo move forward with its effort to recover from this year’s historic flood and prevent flooding in the future.”

The county still plans to apply to FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for funding for an additional 30 or so buyouts, County Engineer Keith Berndt said. That application is due in mid-November.

Read more Saturday in The Forum.

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