MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Moorhead is getting more money to buy out homes in flood-prone areas.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is releasing another $1 million to Moorhead to use for flood buyouts. That follows a $2 million grant announced earlier this month, meaning the city will have a total of $3 million to spend on buyouts in February.

City Manager Michael Redlinger tells The Forum of Fargo, N.D., the money should make possible the acquisition of 16 to 18 homes. Those homes would be assessed and made free of hazardous materials before a spring flood arrives.

This latest round of buyouts brings to about 104 the total acquired in Moorhead since the flood of 2009.

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