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Help is on the Way: Rocky Mount Buyout Program Begins

Posted November 9, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— Fourteen months after Hurricane Floyd destroyed their homes, five Rocky Mount families finally got some help Friday.

The city's buyout program is finally beginning. City leaders say the delay came becauseFEMAhad an overwhelming amount of damage to verify.

"Our FEMA program is the largest in the history of FEMA in the entire country," says Rocky Mount city manager Steve Raper. "While that's a record, it's not one we're proud of."

More than 400 buildings eventually will be bought and destroyed. FEMA says the buyout will cost $44 million and take more than a year to complete.