BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials said that the state program helping people affected by the 2016 floods is offering buyouts to those living in especially hazardous areas.
Restore Louisiana officials announced Monday that homeowners in floodways can receive up to $200,000 if they are willing to move out. State Community Development Office Executive Director Pat Forbes said offering the buyouts both helps relocate people from risky areas and improves water flow during a flood as potential debris is removed.
Officials said that they have identified and are contacting about 450 homeowners who meet the requirements.
Forbes said that until now, those living in the areas had not been eligible for help from the $1.3 billion Restore Louisiana program because federal money cannot be used to rehabilitate homes in floodways.