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FLOOD UPDATE: Cass advises residents to let county handle appraisals for flood-damaged properties

FARGO - Cass County property owners interested in flood buyouts were advised today not to hire their own appraisers. The county will hire certified appraisers through the Lake Agassiz Regional Council, which is coordinating the buyout process for...

FARGO - Cass County property owners interested in flood buyouts were advised today not to hire their own appraisers.

The county will hire certified appraisers through the Lake Agassiz Regional Council, which is coordinating the buyout process for the county, said Tracey Anderson, Lake Agassiz fund manager.

"So, homeowners should not be getting their own appraisals at any time during this process," she said. "The county will take care of that."

Dave Monson, whose home in the Chrisan subdivision south of Fargo was flooded this spring, said he thinks the county is making the right call.

"I think the county should do it, and I think where you'll see individuals getting their own appraisals after the fact will be if they don't agree with the appraisals that have been done or if they just want, for their own peace of mind, to do an appraisal," he said.

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More than 50 property owners have returned initial buyout applications since the county mailed out 155 of them last week. Officials said they expect to receive a lot more before Friday's application deadline.

The county plans to submit the completed applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency by June 5 with hopes of getting funding through FEMA's Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program.

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