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Carmi receives FEMA grant money for houses in floodplain

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This is one of the homes they're looking at demolishing on North Staley Street. This is one of the homes they're looking at demolishing on North Staley Street.
CARMI, IL (WFIE) -

The City of Carmi now has more than $700,000 to put toward demolishing properties in the Little Wabash River floodplain. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency gave the city grant money to potentially buy the 22 flood prone structures and seven vacant lots located in the area. 

Homeowners don't have to sell their property to the city, but if they do, officials say homeowners will be paid the retail price of their home before it was damaged by floods. 

City officials say this is an important step toward keeping residents safe in a flood.

"These people have to be bolted out from time to time, their utilities are cut, they're surrounded with flood water and mold gets into the houses, real health concerns. We would really like to see them out," says Jim Renshaw, Carmi's floodplain manager.

City officials say there will be a town hall meeting soon to talk with homeowners about selling their land. 

The demolition work should begin this summer. The city hopes to use some of the grant money to create walking paths or bike trails in the floodplain.

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