FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: High Priority for Buyouts in Lincoln County   [open pdf - 32KB]

"Lincoln County, WV - Whenever a heavy rain sets in over the small community of Griffithsville, in southwestern West Virginia, flooding can be expected in low-lying areas near Straight Fork and Mud River creeks on Route 3. In November of 2003 several inches of rain fell over a two-day period causing flood damage to many homes in Griffithsville. Six homes located near where the two creeks converge were inundated with flood water and declared substantially damaged by local officials. Following the Presidential Disaster Declaration, homeowners who sustained substantial damage could volunteer for a buyout offered by FEMA through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP.) This year on March 15, 2012 the area again had major flooding, and those individuals who volunteered to take the buyout in 2003 are happy they did."

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