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Some residents in small MO town accept buyout

DUTCHTOWN, MO (KFVS) - Residents of Dutchtown, Missouri accepted a buyout for their homes from the federal government.

According to Angela Crutsinger, coordinator of the buyout, 11 of the 15 homes included in the buyout accepted the money offered to them.

Many residents received notice to go to higher ground ahead of the recent flooding and decided that it was perfect timing to move permanently, Crutsinger said.

She also said the planning for funding started when the 2011 flooding caused the town hardship.

Residents in the neighborhood including Robert Reed, a 45 year resident of Dutchtown. He said that he is happy with the amount that he received in the buyout, but is having a hard time finding a home in the area in his budget.

There were some others in the area who decided to not accept the buyout offer from the government.

Justin Shoemaker, grandchild of a homeowner, said that his grandmother decided to not sell her property because of the sentimental value it has in his family.

"My grandfather built this home with his own two hands, literately," Shoemaker said. "Sentimental reasons, you know, mom was born here. Grandma didn't want to sell the place, so we're going to try to make it a home again for her."

He said the government offered his grandmother $30,000, but she decided to decline because she want to spend her last days in the home.

Shoemaker also said that he is sad that the town he grew up in is now becoming vacant.

"It's going to be a ghost town," Shoemaker said. "Except for people like from here, on to up the hill, and you can't blame them by any means. It's just sad."

Demolition on the homes that accepted the buyout will begin in August.

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