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County to buy flood-damaged homes

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Friday, August 10, 2018

Nash County and Nashville officials are working out a process to use grant funds to purchase houses damaged during Hurricane Matthew and maintain the land as green spaces.

The county plans to buy three properties damaged by the 2016 storm, one in an unincorporated area of the county and two within town limits. Those two parcels are in the Winwood subdivision along Stony Creek with addresses of 556 and 609 Indian Trail.

The grant is part of the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Buyout Program.

"Part of the program requirements include that each property purchased with FEMA funds must be subject to the required FEMA property restrictions and maintained in perpetuity as recreational or open space (or) storage for future flooding events and not have structures," according to Nash County Planning Director Nancy Nixon, who attended this week's Nashville Town Council meeting to discuss the program with town officials.

The county will turn over the properties to the town after demolition of any structures, Nixon said.

Nashville Mayor Donald Street said the town purchased four properties along Indian Trail after Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Nixon said county staff is trying to identify other programs to help residents affected by Matthew.

Street asked Nixon whether she had a timeline of when the county will purchase the properties.

Nixon said the grant gives the county until October 2020, but she plans to have the job done by Christmas.

The Nashville Town Council voted to accept the properties.

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