Barton Beach Road residents could see buyout

An ice jam caused flooding on Barton Beach Road and homeowners faced evacuation last week. (WLFI Photo)
An ice jam caused flooding on Barton Beach Road and homeowners faced evacuation last week. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) – Tippecanoe County officials want to receive a buyout grant for homeowners on Barton Beach Road.

Several homes on the road were damaged after an ice jam in Wildcat Creek caused major flooding in the neighborhood. Grant administrator Laurie Wilson said she is working to complete an application to turn into the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

She has been in contact with the Area Plan Commission and building department to collect pictures and home information. Then it will be given to FEMA, which will determine if the area is a disaster zone and eligible for a buy out grant.

“There have been no official buyout offers,” said Wilson. “It’s a lengthy process and it takes anywhere from six to 18 months.”

If a grant is approved FEMA could cover up to 75 percent of a home’s appraised value. The last time the county applied for FEMA assistance was after November’s tornadoes and that request was denied.

News 18’s Kelly Roberts will have more details on the possible buy out on News 18 at Five.

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