ATLNATA, Ga. -- Residents of sixteen Cobb County houses who have been flooded repeatedly by nearby Noonday Creek will finally get relief from the menacing waterway.
The state and federal governments have agreed to purchase the homes and tear them down. This will allow the occupants to move to higher ground out of harm's way.
The acquisition project will cost $1,949,474 and will be shared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the state on a 75-25 percent split.
FEMA Regional Director John B. Copenhaver said, "This is part of our agency's efforts to stem the cycle of disaster, destruction, and rebuilding. Nor these sites may be left open and public for everyone to enjoy during nice weather and will not pose a persistent threat to the community during inclement conditions."
The acquisition of the structures was recommended by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).
During the decade of the 1990s, the FEMA has funded more than $28 million in mitigation projects in Georgia alone, above and beyond the hundreds of millions provided for response and recovery costs following natural disasters.