The Dutchtown flood buyout project is almost complete, as nearly half the properties in flood-prone areas have been torn down. It’s the culmination of a multiyear process for the village, which has experienced major flooding over the years and often had to seek sandbagging help from volunteers and local members of the Missouri National Guard. In 2014 the village received $797,758 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with a flood buyout project. The Missouri Department of Economic Development also approved $208,663 in community development block grants to help Dutchtown acquire the properties damaged in 2011. Receiving the block grant helped Dutchtown reach the 25 percent match required with the federal grant. Fifteen homes were included in the federal buyout, and 11 homes accepted the voluntary offer. Many of those living in the buyout homes chose to move out in June when Mississippi River levels hit a major flood stage of 42 feet, and floodwaters began creeping into Dutchtown. Properties obtained through the buyout belong to Dutchtown. Use of land in a floodplain is limited by law, and most often the properties become green space. No enclosed buildings are allowed in floodplains. Remaining homes in the flood-buyout project will be torn down this week.