Negotiations under way in flood plain buyout
By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Sportsman's Paradise subdivision near Marlowe, W.Va., is anything but that when hit by a flood.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency figures the best solution is to buy out the owners of properties within the 100-year flood plain through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Berkeley County is negotiating deals with owners of the subdivision's lowest-lying properties, according to County Administrator Deborah Sheetenhelm.
On Monday, the County Commission met with 11 owners of some of the most flood-prone properties in the low-lying area along the Potomac River. Sheetenhelm said afterward that seven accepted the county's offer for their land, three wanted to negotiate further based on independent appraisals of their properties and one rejected the offer.