LEE CO., GA (WALB) - There's a new round of FEMA buyouts of Lee County properties that have been flooded repeatedly, and it won't cost local taxpayers as much.
As long as the county reports the total purchase and demolition cost up front, FEMA will handle the full cost.
Out of 27 homes that qualify for the program, at least 16 owners are interested.
Lee County Planning Director Matt Inman said he's waiting on other responses. Only two have declined.
With the deadline approaching, Inman said that he has a lot of paperwork to go through.
"So we're really trying to in the next week or so find out who is interested so we can begin going through those. There's a lot of detailed information on those forms. Evaluations of the homes, the losses they've had from FEMA, flood elevations. Pretty detailed information we gotta go through," said Lee County Planning Director Matt Inman.
Inman said homes flooded in December may not meet this deadline for this FEMA buyout.
The deadline to apply is April 15th.