Previous floodplain buyouts
had created a checkerboard pattern on some streets in the regulated floodplain where one house had qualified for a buyout and became a vacant lot, while the house next door did not qualify and remained standing.
Storm Water Services made offers to buy qualifying "orphan" properties to help restore larger areas of the floodplain as natural, open space.
If all houses on a dead-end street were purchased and torn down, Storm Water Services completed a street abandonment process. The hard surface of the street was then removed and the area returned to a natural state.