Fairfield plans on buying more homes in flood-prone areas

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - The city of Fairfield announced on Thursday that they will purchase 17 homes in flood prone areas.

The homes lay within the Pleasant Run Creek Basin area in Fairfield, which is best known for the storm dubbed, "The Father's Day Flood" in 2003. The Ohio Public Works Commission is giving Fairfield a $670,000 grant, on top of a $2.7 million grant from FEMA. The city is planning on using the money to buy out the homes and move the residents to drier land.

Since 2003, the city has purchased 31 homes in flood prone areas.

City officials say some residents plan to sell their homes and move, while a few plan to stay in their homes. Residents that decide to stay could have to purchase flood insurance. The houses that are bought will be torn down and turned into green space.

In August, Fairfield city officials will meet with the 17 homeowners who qualify for this program. The homeowners do not need to participate in this buyback program, instead it's optional.

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