Village to Purchase Flood-Prone Houses

Carol Stream will purchase homes that are most susceptible to flooding

By Dominic Trombino
|  Monday, Aug 8, 2011  |  Updated 1:47 PM CDT
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Most Chicagoans have worked up a tolerance when it comes to the weather, but for some Carol Stream residents, it's just gotten to be too much.

Four homeowners in an area south of Armstrong Park, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Carol Stream, are looking to sell their houses to the village because their neighborhood is more flood-prone than most, according to the Daily Herald.

The voluntary buyout program, which has been discussed for some time now, has been put on hold because of lack of funds.

The money that would be used to purchase the homes from the Carol Stream residents would come from a combination of both county and federal funds. Local officials received approval for the funding last year.

The village made formal offers to purchase three of the four homes last month. It applied for federal funds for the purchase of the fourth home.

Once the four homes are purchased, the village plans to tear them down and leave them as grass lots.

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