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FEMA buys homes in flood prone areas of Wayne County, WV

From sister station WSAZ:

The landscape in the Spring Valley area of Wayne County is changing one house at a time.

FEMA has purchased more than one dozen homes there due to chronic flooding issues.

Nearly $1.7 million is being spent on the project. Once the homes are bought and demolished, the area will be returned to an open space.

"All those homes become the property of the county commission," Wayne County Administrator Brett Jones said. "What they're doing now is destroying all those homes, take away all the debris and put green spaces in there. So if you're living next door to one of these homes, you're going to have a big yard next to you."

The funding includes a $1.2 million Hazard Mitigation Grant from FEMA to the state of West Virginia, with the state providing the remaining $500,000.

Donzie Kaylor has grown old in this neighborhood. He built the house he lives in when he was 23 years old; today he's 80.

"It just hurts to see all these houses destroyed," Kaylor says. "The neighborhood's not going to be the same."


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