LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After persistent flooding in one south Louisville neighborhood, the federal government is providing funds to buy homes and avoid future flooding problems

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, announced on Monday it was committing more than $2 million to buy 27 homes in the area of West Indian Trail off Preston Highway.

The area has long been prone to flooding and has created havoc for residents who want to leave the area but have had difficulty selling their homes.

“If we have rain that comes over that ditch, we all have it,” said Judy Nash, who has lived on Catheen Way since 1972. “It comes in our home. It’s just a part of living here.”

The money comes from a federal disaster declaration from flooding in the area back in 2010. It adds onto a $2.3 million grant issued in 2015 for the Belquin area.

“It's been a big issue,” District 21 councilman Vitalis Lanshima said. “There are people that have been dealing with this for their entire lives.”

The last time the area saw major flooding was in April of 2015.

“My neighbor across the street, her house got completely flooded,” Nash said. “When the water comes in, there's no stopping it.”

One worry for residents in the area is getting a fair price for their homes.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Nash said. “Hopefully we'll get the amount of money that we think our house is worth.”

The money is first appropriated to Kentucky and then to MSD to buy the homes, demolish them and then maintain a green space in the area.

“It's a start,” Lanshima said. “I've had conversations with MSD to make sure that we identify funding source to ensure we buy what we need to buy and mitigate what we need to mitigate.”

There is no timetable on when the purchasing process might begin.

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