Richland County has received approval to purchase 29 flood-damaged homes and land, mostly along Crane and Gills creeks, and convert the properties to greenspaces.
The money is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which approved the parcels and the purchases, which were damaged in the historic flood of Octobwer 2015.
The county will buy the properties at their full pre-flood market value, Richland County officials announced Friday.
A purchase date for the properties and a timetable for the greenspaces were not addressed in a news release the county issued.
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The county will buy and maintain the 29 properties.
“We are encouraged FEMA has begun awarding these desperately needed funds earlier than anticipated,” said Mike King, the county’s flood recovery chief. “We hope this trend continues.”