DENTON, Texas -- Baton Rouge, a Project Impact city, will become more disaster resistant with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The City will offer to purchase structures that have routinely flooded and remove them from the floodplain. A FEMA grant of $1,794,829 will fund 75 percent of the first round of buy-outs. The City will pay the remaining $598,276.
This is another opportunity for FEMA to help residents move out of the floodplain and escape the risk of flooding, commented R. L. Buddy Young, FEMA Regional Director. Too many people lose their lives each year to flood waters, especially flash floods. Many others lose everything they have when their homes flood.
Baton Rouge has committed more than half a million dollars for this project. We wish every community would follow their lead and become more disaster resistant, Young said. Every time we remove a structure from the floodplain, we reduce the cost of future disasters. That helps the property owner and the taxpayer.
The buy-out will be voluntary. The City will purchase the property, remove all improvements, and hold the land as open space. Removing these structures will break the cycle of damage, repair, damage, repair.