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