Buyout or Acquisition?
The City of Port Arthur suffered greatly in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. The over three thousand homes and businesses destroyed as a result of the rainfall experienced in the area was ranked among, or as, the highest total rainfall accumulation in the U. S. history.
As a result of the devastation in our community, federal entities, such as the General Land Office, FEMA, and the U. S. Census Bureau, surveyed the land and drainage/Stormwater issues in the Port Arthur area. Many homes and businesses are within the federal/state guidelines for flood protection; however, some areas are not within guidelines and those citizens have been given a choice to decide if they wish to participate in a Buyout/Acquisition Program, or not.
This program is definitely not a required, or mandated, choice. The Buyout/Acquisition Program offers affected citizens an opportunity to move into areas where service will be available for maintaining drainage and Stormwater issues that may still plague our City.
A Community Meeting for the Herget - Foley Streets homeowners has been scheduled for tomorrow, March 11, 2020, at the Westside Community Center, 601 W. Ransom Howard Road, at 11:00 AM. For those residents living in that affected area, representatives from Traylor and Associates will and explain the buyout/acquisition project.