Austell still trying to fix water-damaged homes from flood - CBS46 News

City of Austell still trying to fix water-damaged homes from flood of '09

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AUSTELL, GA (CBS46) -

Roughly 90 Austell homes that were damaged during the floods of 2009 are still sitting in disrepair, according to Mayor Joe Jerkins.

When the waters rose in the fall of that year, enveloping entire neighborhoods, many homeowners fled and have not come back.

Jerkins said the city has not been able to establish contact with many homeowners to initiate repairs, or demolition, on homes that have become neighborhood blights.

"It just takes time to go through all of this," said Jerkins. "You can't locate the people, and it's just hard to find them, you can't tell who's got the mortgage on (the home)."

"We can't just go in there and tear the house down, we don't have the funds to do it with either."

The mayor said they did receive $5.7 million in federal money last week to purchase and take care of 47 of the damaged homes.

Jerkins expects they will not be entirely finished with the recovery for another two years.

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