Jackson County To Buy Houses

The Jackson County Board of Supervisors is teaming up with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to buy eight homes located in flood prone areas.

This buyout program would give homeowners an opportunity to cut their losses and move to higher ground. Monday, the board approved $142,000 in funds to buy the homes. MEMA will put up an additional $427,000.

Homeowners like Gary Branham, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years, say they've waited five years for the deal to be finalized.

"I think it's a good deal that they approved the buyout," says Branham. "There's been a lot of people waiting."

Branham and his neighbors have dealt with frequent flooding and the damage it causes dozens of times.

"If it was just one time, it'd be something you could fix, be done with it, and carry on. But it's just over and over and over again," said Branham.

Chances are they won't have to go through many more floods. Supervisor John McKay told WLOX News that the county plans to meet with the homeowners and square up all details concerning the buyout within the next several months.

Six of the eight homes are located in the Pecan Community. Two are in St. Martin.