Flooding buyouts get OK
FEMA kicks in to help Pasadena end nightmare
— reported by the Houston Chronicle
Four homeowners in Pasadena’s Spencer Village are nearing the end of a flooding nightmare.
After enduring as many as 17 floods in 25 years, the east Pasadena households are about to get government buyouts.
On Tuesday, the Pasadena City Council gave preliminary approval to buyouts of three houses in the 6300 block of Inca Drive and one in the 6300 block of Tejas Drive.
To become final, the ordinance authorizing the payment must be approved on second reading, which is expected at next week’s council meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1211 Southmore St.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is paying 75 percent of the total buyout cost of $411,806, while the other 25 percent is being funded by the Harris County Flood Control District, according to an interlocal agreement between the city and the flood control district.