PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — After historic flooding in 2013, the federal government is chipping in more money to purchase flood-ravaged homes in Plainfield Township.
More than $700,000 will be made available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to Plainfield Township to purchase homes affected by flooding.
FEMA’s interest in granting the money is to mitigate its own risk. FEMA sells flood insurance and is hoping it will no longer have to pay flood claims in areas that have flooded repeatedly.
The program is voluntary and targets 15 properties on Abrigador Trail, Konkle Drive and Willow Drive north of Grand Rapids. The Township said Thursday it is currently working with several homeowners.
Using grant funds, homeowners will get 75% of the pre-flood fair-market value. Once a property is sold to the Township, the home on it will be demolished and restrictions will be placed upon it to ensure that it remains green space. Homes will not be allowed to be rebuilt on the land.
Carl Maaser is among those looking to sell his property. He said his home was damaged beyond repair in the 2013 flood.
“The water rose to such a level that it crushed our basement wall and left the south side open, letting flood waters come in. Our house sank about three inches,” Maaser said in a phone interview. “We’re very grateful for the way Plainfield Township has been working with us and try to see how we can resell it. ”
FEMA says the grant enables communities to “mitigate the risk of loss of property” and life.