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City decides on buyout of flood damaged homes

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Since the flood on 2011 hit metropolis, property owners are still left with unanswered questions about the future of their homes. Since the flood on 2011 hit metropolis, property owners are still left with unanswered questions about the future of their homes.
Their rented out properties have remained vacant since the flood. Their rented out properties have remained vacant since the flood.
City leaders in metropolis will decide Monday if they will buy the vacant homes- demolish them and then reimburse the owners. City leaders in metropolis will decide Monday if they will buy the vacant homes- demolish them and then reimburse the owners.
METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) -

What to do with the number of vacant lots here in metropolis after a devastating flood?

A question city leaders in Metropolis have not answered for two years.

Since the flood on 2011 hit metropolis, property owners are still left with unanswered questions about the future of their homes.

"This last flood our sandbags just crashed in and just failed so we just had to give up and just let everything go," says Carolyn Fulgham, a Metropolis resident.

That was two years ago.

But today Fulgham and her husband are still fighting to stay afloat with their expenses.

Their rented out properties have remained vacant since the flood.

While they lay vacant, there's still up keep.

"We've had to keep up taxes and insurance, we've had to mow them and maintain. It's just really been a headache," she says.

But relief is in sight.

City leaders in metropolis will decide Monday if they will buy the vacant homes- demolish them and then reimburse the owners.

City mayor Billy McDaniel says it's a smart move.

"You're better off just to sell it, get your money out of it," he says.

A process the city is all to familiar with.

"In the last ten to twelve years we've spent $3 million, around that of our own money buying many of the properties on the riverfront. We've demolished them and made green area out of them," says McDaniel.

Fulgham calls it a win-win situation for both parties.

"The city wins and then we get to be compensated for everything that we have been out," she says.

Some of the land will be used by the city to bring in more business.

Neighbors will have the option to lease the property through a program called "adopt-a-lot."

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