- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

ELBA, Ala. (AP) - The city of Elba is preparing for a town hall meeting to decide how to distribute $2 million of FEMA flood mitigation funds.

The city is using the money to buy and tear down houses damaged during the 2015 Christmas flood. Coffee County Emergency Management Director Larry Walker tells WSFA-TV (https://bit.ly/2enFiuJ ) there isn’t enough funding for everyone who’s applied for the buyout, but added homeowners with major damage will be guaranteed assistance.

Mayor Mickey Murdock said 112 out of 188 flood victims applied for funding.

“We want to help everybody who had any kind of damage and wants to sell their house, but the deal is we have $2 million right now that we’re aware of and what we’re going to do is try to stretch that as good as we can. So one of the things we’re probably going to do is offer the homeowner 70 percent,” Murdock said.

“If I can get a fair price I probably would get out,” said flood victim Ricky Duncan.

“In the homeowners ‘minor category’ there are 40-something homes,” Walker said. “We’re not sure if we’ll have enough to cover that, so we’re going to have a drawing and list all the properties in order and number them 1-40. We’ll then go down that list until we run out of money.”

The drawing will take place at Elba City Hall Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information contact the City of Elba at 334-897-2333 or Coffee County Emergency Management at 334-894-5415.

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