If a building is likely to flood repeatedly, buying and removing it is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce long-term flood damage.
Storm Water Services has purchased more than 325 flood-prone houses, apartment buildings and businesses that were in the regulated floodplain. These buildings were in more than a dozen neighborhoods along various creeks. Because of the buyouts, more than 600 families have been moved out of the highest-risk sections of local floodplains.
Floodplain buyouts are voluntary. Owners are not forced to sell. Some buyouts are funded completely with local money. Other buyouts also use grant funding from outside sources.
See a list of properties purchased through this program.