County receives FEMA funds after 2011 flood

Mar 26, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Daily Egyptian

Nearly two years after heavy spring rains caused the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers to flood several towns such as Olive Branch and Tamms, Gov.

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Does anybody know if its too late to sign up for buyout. I didn't know back then that you had to actually sign to get this. I thought it was for everyone that home got ruined. And again it was just talk.
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Olive Branch to get buyout from 2011 flood
Friday, March 22, 2013

By Keith Lewis ~ Southeast Missourian

OLIVE BRANCH, Ill.--Almost two years after enduring the worst flooding in recent memory, residents of Olive Branch finally will be in a position to decide their own destinies now that a buyout grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been approved.

The grant from FEMA, called the Alexander County Hazard Mitigation grant, is worth $8.7 million dollars and will be used to purchase homes and property in Olive Branch and in other Alexander County communities that were damaged by Mississippi River flooding in 2011. A grant worth $2.9 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources also will be applied to the buyout process.

"It took awhile, but we're excited," said Beth Ellison, project manager of Community Recovery and Rebuilding at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, which advised the Olive Branch community during the grant process.

Jeff Denny, Alexander County engineer, said he was beginning to wonder if the grant would ever be approved.

"It seems like we waited so long," Denny said. "Now it's time to move forward."

According to Ellison, there are 167 homes and businesses in Olive Branch and in the communities of Miller City, Hodges Park and Unity that are eligible to be bought out. Property owners will be notified by mail of their options, which also include having their homes elevated as protection against future flooding or to have their homes moved to another location away from the flood plain.

"We know of only four property owners who are interested in having their home raised, and nobody has expressed a desire to have their homes moved from one place to another," Ellison said.

Terms of the buyout will offer pre-flood market value to property owners who accept a buyout. However, Ellison said property owners can't be forced to accept buyouts.

Denny said his preference is for the people of Olive Branch to stay in the community even if they accept a buyout.

"We don't want anyone to leave," he said.

If a buyout is accepted, ownership of the land will be assumed by Alexander County and structures on the land will be demolished. No taxable structure can be built on the property, but Ellison believes there are ways to make the land beneficial.

"We've been thinking that a community garden can go into one of the vacant properties," she said. "We also think that a neighbor can use a property as an extended backyard with approval from the county."

Ellison said Community Recovery and Rebuilding had worked closely with the Olive Branch community in applying for the Alexander County Hazard Mitigation grant from FEMA.

"We started to help shortly after the flood," she said. "We helped community officials get the FEMA grant together, which was applied for in September 2011."

Ellison added that helping the people of Alexander County has been a wonderful experience.

"It's been a rewarding job," she said. "Some people there are like family to me."

Purchases and demolition of properties in Olive Branch and in the other communities could begin in about two months. The buyout grant is being administered by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
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According to Ellison, there are 167 homes and businesses in Olive Branch and in the communities of Miller City, Hodges Park and Unity that are eligible to be bought out. Property owners will be notified by mail of their options, which also include having their homes elevated as protection against future flooding or to have their homes moved to another location away from the flood plain.

Terms of the buyout will offer pre-flood market value to property owners who accept a buyout. However, Ellison said property owners can't be forced to accept buyouts.
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Does the Alexander County Board of Commissioners have anything to do with the handling of the buyout money and/or the process? If so, what accountability procedures will be put in place to ensure fairness, transparency, and fraud prevention?

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Apr 4, 2013
 
It sounds like a good plan. What other country offers such options?

Of course this is at a cost and shouldn't be looked at like it is free.

Of course we hope this privilege is not abused!!!!!!!!
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Apr 5, 2013
 
Have they mailed the info yet,have a flooded home there but moved.
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Apr 6, 2013
 
eminent domain will be the last fed.option to remove everyone from fillup mart east.this property will all be part of horseshoe reserve.just a rumor?
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It sounds like a good plan. What other country offers such options?
Of course this is at a cost and shouldn't be looked at like it is free.
Of course we hope this privilege is not abused!!!!!!!!
I'm thinking you're someone from the courthouse or the spouse of an employee in the courthouse???????? You know so much about everything and everybody!

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Nope just live from past experiences
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I received my bailout money today. It was based upon the pre-flood value of my home. It surprisingly was much more than I expected.
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i recieved my bailout yesterday.very pleased.about 40k.more than i thought i would get.
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Funny,my house according to my property tax was worth more after the flood.

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I received my bailout money today. It was based upon the pre-flood value of my home. It surprisingly was much more than I expected.
No one has got shit yet

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Anyone that said they recieved money for the FEMA buyout has not got SHIT yet. I guess you can hear everything from MEAT FRYING TO CHANGE RADDLEING.

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I am watching Tv and seeing people talk about thier house and how much money it will cost the county if they want them to move is a joke. Just like the RETART's who thought that they would get rich by selling thier land for the new town got FOOLED when they try to sell thier swamp land. But the time the county steals some and others get there cut AND THE SO CALLED MILLION BUSINESSES will get fooled too. I bet they buy all the places that owe for county loans first and give then the amount to pay the county back.

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Apr 22, 2013
 
Who knows. It s the government. Unpredictable and most certainly. SLOW
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We all can just tell the guverment that we dont want their stinkin money. We dont want no guverment comin round here an tellin us what we can do and offerin handouts and bailouts and stuff. We can take care of orselfs. Thats whuts rong with this country. Too many entitlements and handouts Its socialism and communism is what it is. Obama and fema, stay away from us in Olive Branch cause we didnt want you help before and baiore and we dont want you help now. We hate big guverment.

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We all can just tell the guverment that we dont want their stinkin money. We dont want no guverment comin round here an tellin us what we can do and offerin handouts and bailouts and stuff. We can take care of orselfs. Thats whuts rong with this country. Too many entitlements and handouts Its socialism and communism is what it is. Obama and fema, stay away from us in Olive Branch cause we didnt want you help before and baiore and we dont want you help now. We hate big guverment.
apparently, you did not want any federal money under either bush either, cause you sure missed out of the public education and figuring out how to spell and speak. Maybe ya ought to take some night classes at egyptian to help out. idiot
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Hurry up with the money already I need to buy a new car and get my nails done
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apparently, you did not want any federal money under either bush either, cause you sure missed out of the public education and figuring out how to spell and speak. Maybe ya ought to take some night classes at egyptian to help out. idiot
Least we had white man an not a muslum in the ovel office and not a muslum like what we got now giving handouts to beggers what caint pull they self up by there own boot straps an for your information i did not want any money from when we was under bush nether. all the hard workin fokes in Olive branch dont want no obamamoney. we took care of are selfs before and we dont want no handouts now. u must be one of those peoples that thinks your shoud get intitelments from are hard erned taxes but you are just a berdon on sosiety.

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