Tiny Missouri town finally getting flood buyout money
DUTCHTOWN (AP) - After years of flooding in the small southeast Missouri town of Dutchtown, many of the residents are finally getting federal buyout money.
Fewer than 100 people live in Dutchtown, south of Cape Girardeau. Renewed flooding along the Mississippi River is backing up once again into the village, forcing many to evacuate.
The Southeast Missourian reported that the days of living in the flood plain are about over for many Dutchtown residents. The village received nearly $800,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout funds. Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of Economic Development approved $209,000 in block grants to help Dutchtown acquire properties damaged in a 2011 flood.