The City of Kokomo plans to demolish six houses in a flood prone area south of downtown. The city purchased the properties this week as part of a flood mitigation effort.
David Tharp, a development specialist for the City of Kokomo, says the houses on Carter and Murden streets are routinely damaged by heavy rains and floods this past spring damaged them beyond repair.
He says the city doesn’t know exactly what the properties will be used for , but they will make sure the previous homeowners are relocated to other areas.
“We haven’t made any kind of commitment to turn it into a park and we haven’t made any commitment to turn it into retention,” Tharp said. “We are working with a team highly skilled in engineers to make sure that it works things conjunction with all the other parcels that will be used for flood mitigation.”
Tharp says the city is working on a comprehensive approach to substantially reduce the impact of any future floods.
Correction: An earlier of version of this story incorrectly identified David Tharp as the Director of the Department of Development. He is the City of Kokomo’s development specialist, within the Department of Development.