Flood Buyouts Disputed In Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The ongoing effort to remove private property from flood-prone land along the Red River has hit a snag in Moorhead as residents complain about below-market offers for their land.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports several residents of the Crestwood neighborhood say they feel short-changed by offers from Clay County.

The county is offering 87.5 percent of the highest market value in the last three years for the 18 Crestwood properties and 13 others in the county.

In comparison, other local governments have offered 108 percent or more of a property’s market value for similar buyouts.

County leaders say the offers are fair because the county isn’t buying the land to build flood protection to benefit other residents and the county facing its own budget problems.

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  • melissa

    Well it if they don’t like that let them go with their insurance. They can later be forced out by high insurance premiums or no flood coverage at all. Then the next time they get flooded out they will have nothing. Then the offer being given to them at that time would be better. Personally, I don’t think the county should be buying them out at all. They have purchased the place at some point knowing that could be a potential issue.

  • Joe from Mn

    Some people do things because they know that if they get into trouble,( the goverment) that means all of us, will take care of them. People need to be responsible for there own actions.

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