FEMA money will be used to elevate home

FEMA money will be used to elevate home

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Volusia County will pass through a federal grant of $305,000 to a homeowner to be used to elevate a home to prevent future flooding. The home is located on Seminole Drive in Ormond Beach, one of the worst areas for flooding in the county.

The home was built before there was a floodplain map that would have prevented building in the area, so it is insured by the federal government.  This home is very similar to one that was purchased and demolished by the taxpayers last year, right across the canal. When that spending was approved in June of 2011, we asked Larry Lahue with Volusia County Emergency Management how tearing down homes with public money would benefit taxpayers.

"It will actually benefit the National Flood Insurance Program, because there won't be anymore flood insurance pay outs, and it will never flood again."

This home is valued by the property appraiser at $237,000; however, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is spending more to elevate it.  FEMA originally asked the homeowner to pay 25 percent of the cost, but then decided the homeowner was eligible for 100 percent funding under the Repetitive Flood Loss Program and will now pay the entire amount.

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