Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, awarded Lauderdale County a hazard mitigation grant of more than $1.2 million.
The grant will allow the county to buy 15 homes and one church in flood-prone areas of the county that suffered major damage during severe rainstorms in April 2003.
FEMA will provide the 75 percent federal share of the grant, which is $966,337. Lauderdale County will provide the remaining non-federal share of $322,112. Total project cost is $1,288,449.
Buyout grants are part of a national initiative by FEMA to end the cycle of repetitive losses by taking action to decrease property damage. The buildings will be demolished and one resident, a renter, will be relocated.
No future construction on the site will be permitted and the land will revert to open space to allow for natural flood plain management.
The homes are located along Alamucha, Lover's Lane, Mississippi Highway 19, Old Highway 80, Old 8th Street Road, Pauldin Road, Willow Lake Road, Windsor Circle and York Road.
The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is funded through FEMA and is managed by MEMA. Mitigation grants are provided to city and county governments for implementing eligible projects that will reduce a community's exposure to future natural hazard loss, such as flooding.