BECKLEY - A watershed project in Fayette County is expanded to allow more residents in areas prone to flooding to relocate.
Officials announced a second signup is being offered for the Dunloup Creek Watershed Project. This voluntary floodplain buyout targets threatened properties through state and federal funds. So far, 117 properties have been purchased and the majority of residents have moved to flood-free areas.
Greg Stone, assistant state conservationist for field operations at the United States Department of Agriculture, said it is hard to imagine the challenges regular flooding can cause to residents. "The cleanup, the emotional devastation - it just completely turns your world upside down," he explained. "So when people have an opportunity to change that, they often will take that opportunity."
The first group of houses was bought out in August 2010 in Kilysth, Mount Hope, Glen Jean, Red Star and Harvey.
The second signup will be open through noon on December 2. Applications are available at the National Resources Conservation Service field office at 463 Ragland Road in Beckley.