Flood buyout meeting held in Alexander County

ALEXANDER COUNTY, IL (KFVS) - As cleanup from May flooding continues across the Heartland, efforts in at least one county are underway to inform people how to get a buyout from the state.

Tuesday, Alexander County officials along with Southern Illinois University, the Illinois Emergency management Agency (IEMA) and the Lt. Governor's Office hosted an informational meeting and answer questions about ongoing mitigation efforts related to the disaster.

At the meeting, Alexander County learned more about buyouts and flood mitigation options.

"It's just taking care of individuals that have had their homes flooded numerous times, that are willing to sell," said David Smith with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

"And then if we have a local government that's willing to purchase the homes, then we can make things happen. Everybody has to be willing to work together to make this work."

But, some homeowners say they're not looking forward to moving at this time in their lives.

"I don't believe so, too many people just don't want to move," said Neal McCormick of Olive Branch.

"And we're old and they've already gave us the money to put it back to where it was, that's what I would like to do, is put it back and stay in our home."

For more information you can look through FEMA's web sites on property acquisition and elevating homes.

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