Cooper: FEMA approves $7 million for buyouts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved $7 million in flood buyouts for Davidson County.

The Nashville Democratic congressman says local government will coordinate the Home Buyout Program under which homeowners with substantial damage from the May flooding can sell their property.

The funds come under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The aim is to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a natural disaster.

FEMA has approved 81 Davidson County homes for the buyout so far.

Ten people died in Davidson County as a result of the floods.

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