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Elba Weighing FEMA Flood Assistance Options

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The city of Elba is getting ready 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 says there isn't enough funding for everyone who's applied for the buyout, but he says homeowners with major damage will be guaranteed assistance.

Walker says there are about 40 homes with minor damage and they're not sure if there's enough money provided to cover them all. He says the plan is to hold a drawing with all the properties in order. Then they'll go down the list until the money runs out.

That drawing will take place Nov. 3.

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