City Officials in Mount Vernon to Tear Down Homes Built in Flood Plain

Chronic flooding has led city officials in Mount Vernon to make significant changes to the city. In the aftermath of the September 2018 flood the majority of the homes were greatly damaged. Officials adopted Jefferson County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan that recommends that every single property that is suffering from repetitive flood loss to be torn down. These efforts are being enforced to take away the possibility of flood damage in the future, threats to public health and public subsidized flood insurance claims. Officials say the city was approved for $833, 929 in funding and the estimated cost not including maintenance expenses still includes abatement, demolition and clearance of the property and other expenses. The city will front the cost of the project from their general fund; once the it’s complete the state will reimburse them.

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