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Grant money to raze more flood-prone properties

Hancock County has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the demolition of more flood-prone properties.

The project is being funded under the government’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and will include $115,425 from the state and $155,000 in local funds.

The money will be used to demolish several structures in Findlay’s most flood-prone neighborhoods. Participation in the demolition program is voluntary for property owners.

Aleta Foust, grant administrator for the Hancock Regional Planning Commission, said the addresses of the properties will not be released until the county can negotiate purchase prices with homeowners.

Foust said the grant was highly competitive, and Hancock County was fortunate to receive the money.

Since the 2007 flood, a total of $6.3 million in federal, state and local tax dollars has been spent to purchase and raze more than 100 structures, mostly flood-prone houses and a few commercial buildings, along the river in Findlay and Ottawa.

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