The mayor of a Douglas County community said removing structures from potential flooding areas will help to reduce the financial impact on those who could be impacted by future floods.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that Villa Grove will receive about $351,000 dollars in Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds. The money will be used for the acquisition and demolition of five residential buildings and one public structure located in the flood plains of the West Ditch and Embarras River.
Villa Grove Mayor Terry Harbin said FEMA has had to give money to some of those property owners in the past after a flood.
Harbin added that there are three alternate residential buildings that could be demolished if other owners don't accept the offer to buy their property or if there is some money left over after removing other properties.
The total cost of the project is more than $468,000. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will contribute about $117,000 to make up the difference in the cost not covered by FEMA.