Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Marble Hill to buy out six flood-prone properties

MARBLE HILL, MO (KRCU) - The Missouri Department of Economic Development announced five million dollars in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) for communities that were affected by floods in 2008.

The city of Marble Hill received over seventy-thousand dollars that will be used to match funds from FEMA to acquire six homes in the Crooked Creek floodplain in the middle of Marble Hill.

Marble Hill’s administrative assistant Gary Shrum says that the properties have repeatedly flooded over the years.

"Once these properties are purchased, they will be turned into park areas or park spaces where they can be utilized for recreation," Shrum said.

Shrum says that this is not the city’s first attempt at buying the properties.

Jacob McCleland, KRCU


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