Des Plaines homes near river to be demolished

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DES PLAINES, Ill. — Several homes in Des Plaines that are at-risk of flooding will soon be torn-down.

The Daily Herald reports six houses will be demolished in the coming weeks. They will be the first set under a voluntary, federal buyout program. Within a year, a total of 21 will be knocked-down.

Most of the homes are located on Big Bend Drive, which is a block bordered by the Des Plaines River on three sides.

It has been the site of consistent flooding since 2008.

The city received roughly $8 million dollars from the state and federal governments to buy and demolish the houses.

It is seeking more funds for another round of buyouts.

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