HEARTLAND FLOOD: Mills County flood victims faced with important property decisions

MILLS COUNTY, Iowa (WOWT) - Mills County flood victims may see some relief in the coming weeks.

A meeting is being held next week to help inform victims of different options regarding what to do with their uninhabitable property.

Property owners will need to decide if they want to demolish their home and what's left on the property, or if they want to be bought out for the pre-flood evaluation of the property.

"It's the hardest thing I've ever been through in my life," flood victim Denise Evans-Scott said. "I was raised there and I was gonna die there, but I wanna keep it because I'm not sure what I'm gonna do."

FEMA will be at the meeting to help answer questions about the process.

Organizers said it's important that homeowners fully understand the requirements so they can decide what works moving forward.

"Homeowners would have to voluntarily agree that's what they want to have done. Assessments have to be done of those properties and an application has to be prepared and submitted and then the federal state gets back to us and says this is what you can do," Sheri Bowen will Mills County Public Health said.

David Jennings' home had 12-feet of water in it. He said that if he qualifies for one of the programs, it could be the closure his family needs.

"It's very hard, we've been there, we worked for everything in our life and now we got nothing," he said. "Who knows what's going to happen. They're talking about buyouts, this and that. Nobody knows what's going to happen right now."

The meeting will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Glenwood High School.