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FEMA buyouts on the horizon

Sidney "Sid" Smith of Au Sable Forks shows where the water level reached in his house.

Sidney "Sid" Smith of Au Sable Forks shows where the water level reached in his house. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— County Chairman Randy Douglas of Jay asked about those who may have already received settlements through their insurance company.

“Property owners that have flood insurance on their homes and have moved on, do they qualify for the buyout or not,” Douglas asked.

“If a person had a home that was assessed at $100,000 and insurance gave them $100,000, then FEMA is not going to buy them out,” Mascarenas said. “If they get less, then FEMA will pay the difference and then we do own it.”

Douglas said that was creating a new issue.

“What I am running into are the ones that left their old homes and are in the process of buying new homes have just left them and they are going to come back to us anyways because they are not going to pay taxes on the old property,” he said.

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