Disaster recovery grant would help demolish Lebanon County homes

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Aug 19, 2013 3:59 AM
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(Lebanon) -- Lebanon County is seeking federal funds to help it acquire and raze about 20 homes in flood-prone areas.

Each of the structures was substantially damaged by Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

The county commissioners have approved a federal grant application that seeks more than $2.68 million in disaster recovery funds.

Ray Bender, executive director of the Lebanon County Redevelopment Authority, says most of the properties are in the 100 year floodplain.

"Homes should not be in the floodplain," he explains. "That is a risk not only to the resident, but to the first responder -- who on the occasion of a flood like Lee -- puts their lives at risk to save persons or property."

Bender says it is a competitive grant, so the county could receive all, some or not a penny of the money it's seeking.

If approved, he notes appraisals would be ordered and offers would be made to the property owners. Deed restrictions would prohibit the properties from being redeveloped in the future.

It would be a voluntary program.

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