FEMA could buy houses in flood prone subdivision

6:21 PM, Oct 4, 2011   |    comments
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency could buy houses in a Pigeon Forge neighborhood that has a history of flooding.

Flood waters poured into the Kings Hill Subdivision after heavy rains in July.

According to Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear, the neighborhood was built before the property was annexed into the city.  The subdivision does not meet Pigeon Forge flood codes.

Wear said Pigeon Forge had an engineering firm search for a solution that would prevent the flooding, but no feasible fix was found. 

According to the mayor, the subdivision has been approved for FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program.  The government could pay up to 75% of a home's market value in that neighborhood.

" That grant process is tedious at best. We need a [FEMA] representative to help us so we can implement that program properly," Wear explained.

Not all homeowners plan to move if they receive an offer from FEMA.  Homeowner Lois Fusko said her home is above flood level, but knows several other neighbors who would probably move.

The city hopes to meet with FEMA officials before the end of October.

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