U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, announced that almost three dozen flood-damaged homes in Columbia County will be bought out at a total project cost of almost $3.8 million.
These 34 "substantially damaged" structures will be acquired and demolished to reduce future flood damage, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The total project cost is $3,784,094. The federal share of the buyout is $2,838,070.50.
Twenty-three properties are in Fernville, Hemlock Township; the total project cost of the Fernville buyouts is $2,105,003 (with a federal share of $1,578,752.25).
Eleven properties are in Bloomsburg; the total project cost of these buyouts is $1,679,091 (with a federal share of $1,259,318.25).
FEMA obligates the funding directly to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which then funds the eligible recipients. The buyouts are funded through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
"These buyouts are great news for property owners who have been flooded. I'm happy and proud to tell these families that they will no longer have to suffer through repeated flooding and the process of rebuilding their lives," Rep. Barletta said. "I know many people in these areas suffered greatly during the September floods, and I hope these families will be able to live without worrying about flooding again. I wish them good luck."