LEE CO., GA (WALB) - People who own property that has flooded repeatedly in Lee County may soon able to sell their property to the government.
Lee County commissioners discussed a new round of Federal Emergency Management Agency buyouts.
There are at least four Lee County homes that qualify for a 100% buyout from FEMA and 23 that can get a 90% buyout from FEMA.
Those numbers could change because of recent flood damage.
"With the new round of losses that we experienced in December that could go higher so we could have more than four," said Rick Muggridge, Lee County Chairman. "Some of those 23 properties that are at the 90 percent buyout level could move to the 100 percent buyout level."
The FEMA program will open up in March.
County Commissioners will decide in two weeks whether to participate and how much money to set aside to complete the buyouts not fully-funded through FEMA.
Once that decision is made, county leaders will let interested property owners know how to apply.