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Deadline Nearing to Apply for County Buyout Program

So far, 135 residents have made the cut and people can keep signing up until 5 p.m. Friday, but with just a million bucks available annually there's nowhere near enough money to buy all the homes.

After just two years in his house, Alfonzo Baldwin has replaced his carpet twice.

"This is an inch here in the bathroom, was about three inches up to the tub when it flooded last time."

Since his family has lived here, water has covered the floors three times. He's taken videos, shot photographs. Evidence he's using now in his application for the county's flood buyout program.

"Living like this is not, this is not what I bought the house for. I'm not happy so it's time to move on. Either they're going to purchase it or let me know what they're going to do about it."

He's hoping to be one of maybe a dozen homeowners in the first round of buyouts all over the county.

"We're not just looking at the south side. People flood in the northeast, northwest, all over, and we need to take a serious look at that and that's what we're going to try to do with these dollars," says Tony Grippa.

Meanwhile, Baldwin's house is for sale, which he knows is tough, so he's keeping an eye on the sky and hoping he makes the cut. Applications will be evaluated with a point-system that involves several criteria. Those include how often the home floods, whether the water comes inside the house, whether there's structural damage, and whether elderly people or people with disabilities live there.


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