Business in Mount Hope bulldozed as part of a Conservation project

If you were in Mount Hope on Thursday, you might be wondering why a building was demolished. American Hardware was bulldozed as part of a project of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Almost 300 properties have suffered repeat flooding since 2001. The NRCS told 59News the most cost-effective and feasible option for the communities is a voluntary floodplain buyout.

"It's called the Dunloup Creek Watershed Buyout Project. It's where landowners and business owners can apply and the goal is to get everyone out of harms way as far as flooding is concerned," said District Conservationist Gary Redden.

Properties acquired through the buyout are placed in public ownership with the Fayette County Commission and the City of Mount Hope. There is no word yet on whether the owner plans to rebuild.


The NRCS is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture.

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