Cherokee County seeks flood program

Owners of 27 flood-prone homes in southeast Cherokee County along the Spring River and Shoal Creek may be eligible for a federal buyout program that is estimated to cost about $1.1 million.

Jason Allison, the emergency management director for Cherokee County, said the county has contacted the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to see if Cherokee County residents are eligible for federal help.

The Spring River crested at 31.8 feet in Baxter Springs in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, beating the old record by about 10 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 14 feet.

About 50 homes were affected and about half of those were destroyed or received substantial damage, according to the county.

(Read more: Joplin Globe)

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