City Opts to Buyout Six Homes in High-Risk Flood Zone (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

July 9, 2013 Updated Jul 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – After the most recent flooding hit Fort Wayne this past April, residents in one of the high-risk Waynedale neighborhoods once again found their homes submerged in over a foot of water. But relieving news for six of those homes comes Tuesday night when City Council is expected to approve the sale of those homes most severely hit by flooding to the city.

This all came about last spring when Mayor Tom Henry visited with home owners after they were badly flooded. It was then that he promised to orchestrate an optional buyout for the owners.

The plan was devised and put into effect in late June, but will become official Tuesday night.

The offer is bittersweet to most home owners. While they are glad they no longer have to battle the risk of high flood waters every time it rains, they are still upset at the thought of having to leave the homes and neighbors they have lived with for years.

"It's devastating for all of us,” explains neighborhood resident Machelle McHaney. “We'll miss all of us being together back here, but when you stick together in a neighborhood things get done. So that I am glad about. That I am glad that we all stuck together, we all accomplished what we went after, and now we're all going to have better lives because of it."

Once the city finalizes the sales on all six homes and the families have completely moved out the homes will be torn down. Then construction will begin to build storm water pipes and drains in an attempt to save the rest of the houses in the neighborhood.




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