FEMA private property debris removal program kicks off in Springfield
The FEMA private property debris removal program started in Springfield Tuesday, and several homes are set to be demolished.
Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond said these residents signed up for the FEMA funded program in January. He said they began the process of knocking down homes today and they plan to have all of the homes taken down by the end of the week. Hammond said they still have around 600 homes that did not sign up for the program but still need to be knocked down.
“We will look at the involuntary after we look at the voluntary. Code enforcement is working with the citizens and giving out notices now it’s going to be on them to get the involuntary done,” said Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond.
Hammond said the homeowners that didn’t want to be a part of the program and can’t take care of the cleanup by themselves will have to either request services from the city or the city will do a cleaning assessment. That's when they demolish the home and add the cost to their tax roll.