Water-Related News

Bonita Springs might buy homes in neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Irma

Homeowners in flood-prone neighborhoods in Bonita Springs might be able to sell their properties through a voluntary buyout program run by the city.

The state has set aside $75 million to buy property impacted by Hurricane Irma in an effort to reduce flood risk, according to a city news release.

The block grant is competitive — any local government in Florida can apply for funding. Bonita Springs officials are working to get a share, the city said.

The city said it would focus its buyout program on Quinn Street and Downs Drive neighborhoods.

The Imperial River spilled over its banks and into streets and homes in the surrounding area twice in a four-week span in 2017.