BECKLEY, West Virginia — The Natural Resources Conservation Service is beginning the second phase of a flood buyout project in Fayette and Raleigh counties.
Forty-eight property owners in the Dunloup Creek floodplain are eligible for buyouts. It's not yet known whether the remaining funds will cover all of the properties.
More than 170 residents were removed from the floodplain during the $14 million project's first phase. The federal agency has $350,000 remaining for the second phase.
Regional conservationist Gary Redden told The Register-Herald (http://bit.ly/1WJVRLd ) that the second phase will move forward two properties at a time as long as there is funding.
Redden says the goal is to move as many people as possible out of harm's way.
The floodplain includes Mount Hope, Glen Jean, Red Star, Harvey and Kilsyth.
Information from: The Register-Herald, http://www.register-herald.com