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Illinois city gets $2.7M to demolish homes

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:12 a.m. CDT

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago community is receiving $2.7 million in federal funds to tear down homes in a flood plain and replace them with open space.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced the grant for the city of Des Plaines on Friday. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will provide another $900,000 for the project.

It will be used to demolish 21 homes.

Jonathon Monken is director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. He says the grant is good news for residents who have been devastated multiple times by flooding.

Monken says the grant will allow those residents to move out of the flood plan and "avoid future heartache and property losses."

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