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Roanoke applies for FEMA grant after summer storms

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Roanoke City Council votes to send an application to FEMA for grant money to buy homes that continue to flood.

If FEMA approves the application the City of Roanoke could get hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants.

The city has identified 13 homes that have flooded and continue to flood when it rains.

It would cost the city more money to prevent those homes from flooding again than it would to simply buy the houses and tear them down.

Vice Mayor Court Rosen says this summer's flooding showed leaders they need to do something about the problem, so they took the proposal to the 13 homeowners. 

Seven of them have agreed to sell their homes to the city for demolition.

Most of the homes are in the Meadowbrook area which saw extreme flooding back on July 3rd and 4th.

The Vice Mayor says if FEMA grants the city the $931,000 Roanoke would have to match about $150,000.

City leaders say the particular homes up for the city's purchase are in what's called a "floodway."

That means if they were built today the houses couldn't go where they currently sit because the location is a flood prone area.


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