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Byline: Andy Crain STAFF WRITER
Sarasota County officials are hoping to secure up to $2 million in federal aid set aside for properties flooded during last year's El Nino storms. The prime beneficiaries could end up being residents along the Myakka River east of Venice.
The money, $19.8 million of which is expected to be distributed statewide this year, is meant to help property owners either move out of flood-prone areas or elevate their homes to lessen future flood damage.
"Priority one will be to remove the home. Priority two will be to elevate," said Sandra Newell, the county's stormwater division manager. "And, of course, we'll never force …