- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DUTCHTOWN, Mo. (AP) - A flood buyout project in the southeast Missouri town of Dutchtown is nearing completion.

The Southeast Missourian (https://bit.ly/1OrWqtn ) reports that demolition is complete on nearly half of the 11 homes in the tiny community in which owners accepted buyout officers. The rest are expected to be taken down this week.

Dutchtown has experienced major flooding over the years from a diversion channel that fills up when the Mississippi River floods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded nearly $800,000 for buyouts in 2014. Three years earlier, the Missouri Department of Economic Development approved more than $200,000 in block grants for the project.

Many who accepted buyouts left in June when the river reached major flood stage and floodwaters began creeping into Dutchtown.

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Information from: Southeast Missourian, https://www.semissourian.com

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