Funding may be available for Pleasantville residents to raise or sell homes
Owners of flood prone homes in Pleasantville may be able to sell their homes, or get some funding to raise them, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Pleasantville is applying for storm mitigation and can also apply on behalf of the residents for either home elevation or flood-prone home purchases, officials said.
The funding is not guaranteed but offers as much as $30,000 toward the cost of elevating a home to the new base flood elevations, according to a release from the city.
The city will also apply to use FEMA funds to purchase flood-prone properties if the structures were more than 50 percent damaged based on pre-flood values.
The homes purchased will be demolished and the land permanently designated open space in the city, according to Jim Rutala, who serves as the city's planning consultant.
FEMA will pay about 75 percent of the pre-flood value for the properties, he said.
The city is applying for a variety of projects affecting the Lakes Bay area. This includes raising flood-prone access roads and installing stormwater drainage improvements.
In addition, the city is applying for bulkhead improvements at the marina, Rutala said.
Interested homeowners can be included in the application by sending a letter of interest to the city construction official, Kevin Cain.
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