After 5 years, end of flood buyout program in sight

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Five years after water rushed into hundreds of local homes, the final six homes on a list of more than 100 being purchased and torn down by local governments are nearing demolition.

For more than three years, Franklin has tried to make contact with owners and cut deals with mortgage companies but hasn’t been able to purchase the last four flood-damaged homes as part of a buyout program. But the city has a new plan to team up with a local agency that could help buy the homes and demolish them by the end of 2014.

Johnson County is getting estimates to demolish the final two houses included in its buyout. Those houses in the Bluff Acres subdivision are the last two to be torn down of the 37 the county bought, attorney Kathleen Hash said.


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