Homeowners who live in the Meadowbrook neighborhood received a special delivery this week.
Residents were greeted at their doorstep by Roanoke fire fighters and they didn't come empty handed. They had a letter from Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill.
A number of the homes and businesses off of Peters Creek Road were hit hard by the flooding in July and many reached out to Roanoke City leaders for help when they lost everything.
According to the letter, it appears the city is now taking the first step in trying to get them help but not everyone is on board with the idea.
Mike Walker was surprised and confused when he got a knock on his door and received the letter.
"I'm 20 feet above the creek,” he said. “I've been here for 18 years on a fixed income and I’m not looking to go anywhere."
The letter is addressed to Meadowbrook Road Residents and Property Owners and it alerts residents that the city's engineering division will be surveying the damage from the July flooding.
However, there is more in the letter that surprised Walker.
"The kicker to it is it also talks about voluntarily acquiring the properties on Meadowbrook Road,” he said. “That seems like that's adding one tragedy on top of another."
City leaders found out that Roanoke could be eligible for federal grant money to help clean up what Mother Nature left behind.
"If that's a possibility we'll see what happens,” said Roanoke City Councilman Sherman Lea. “It's not an actual commitment saying we're going to do it but a part of the grant process is enough funds being made available for that purpose."
Walker said something definitely needs to be done about the neighborhood because it is a prime target for flooding, but he doesn't think property acquisition is the answer.
"I don't see without having any damage to my property why I should be blanketed with the properties that did and be forced to move out."
Others residents support the idea and it seems to be dividing the neighborhood, but it’s clear that something needs to be done.
City leaders are hoping the federal grant money will provide more options for residents.
"It's still a work in progress,” said Lea. “We're doing what we can, but it's just not sitting idly by. We're going to apply for those grants."
The city of Roanoke has until September 16th to apply for the federal funding.
Lea expects to discuss the issue more at Monday night's regularly scheduled council meeting.