Tiny southeast Mo. town closer to federal buyout

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — A tiny southeast Missouri town prone to frequent flooding from the Mississippi River is one step closer to a long-awaited federal buyout.

The Southeast Missourian (bit.ly/1eknS9Y) reports that the village of Dutchtown on Monday received a $208,000 community development grant to help buy properties damaged by heavy flooding in 2011.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency had already approved nearly $800,000 toward the buyout. But FEMA rules require a 25 percent local match.

Dutchtown resident Doyle Parmer says the buyout could include up to 13 properties. The town has fewer than 100 residents.

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