Pasco aims to buyout flood prone properties but it could take years

For the second year in a row Carol Rehberger has water throughout her home. She just finished getting her home repaired from last year's flood.

"I just can't do this again, I just can't handle this emotionally again," Rehberger said.

"We're looking to acquire as many of those properties as we can," said Kevin Guthrie, Pasco Emergency Services Director.

The county says it has identified 162 known flood prone properties and the only way to prevent more flooding is to buyout the owners in the Bass Lake and Elfers area.

"It's my hope and dream that that area will become a park and a canoe launch where we can get those folks in a safer place," said Kathryn Starkey, Pasco Commission Chair.

The county can't even apply for the $4,000,000 grant until next spring. Carol Rehberger wants to know what she needs to do right now.

"Now yeah now I mean some of this water has to go somewhere we're still in the middle of rainy season," said Rehberger. "I'm just over it. Last year I had a lot of hope you know that, this year I have no hope."

Now she's praying the water will recede before her home floods again.


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