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FEMA issues flood grant to Falls

Press Release_The City of Wichita Falls has received documents from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Division of Emergency Management of the State of Texas for the award of the grant to purchase and remove properties that had more than 50% damage from the July 2007 flood.

38 structures are identified. The total project amount is $741,866.88, of which 25% or $185,446.72 will come from the City's General Fund. The following will be factors in the implementation of the program:

  • Appraisals will be requested that are to consider price conditions prior to the flood.
  • This is a voluntary acquisition and no eminent domain will be pursued.
  • The actual offer will consider FEMA dollars that may have already been paid related to such damages and housing assistance
  • An asbestos study will be ordered to determine any required mitigation.
  • Demolition will be accomplished after acquisition is completed.
  • Future use of the property will be as open space.

Appraisal work will begin in the fall and offers will be made as information becomes available. Demolition should begin early in 2009.

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