City Is Purchasing Homes Damaged In June Flood

By KBJR News 1

City Is Purchasing Homes Damaged In June Flood

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 18, 2013 at 7:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The City of Duluth has started purchasing pre–approved homes that were damaged last year as a result of June's flood.

The DNR Home Buyout Program has made this possible after the city was pre–approved by the Office of Homeland Security and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The city requested one point one million dollars to obtain 10 severely damaged properties located outside the flood plain.

Mayor Ness says many homeowners were afraid they would have to keep making mortgage payments on homes that weren't fit to live in...but thanks to city and state cooperation, that will not be the case.

"Listen there are still people that are struggling that need to be bought out because it wouldn't be responsible to re build and in that location. The state has been very responsive in coming up with those additional resources," Mayor Don Ness, Duluth, said.

Each of the homes that are being purchased through this program are deemed uninhabitable and not eligible for FEMA assistance.