A house, a condo and three apartments in Somerset, Louisiana, have been sold after flooding in the nearby town of Atlanta.
Officials said they sold the homes on Friday to a company that had previously sold the properties to the state.
The new owner of the houses said the company has moved on.
The homes were purchased in 2011 and 2013 by a developer of apartments.
The owners were looking to sell them but said they could not afford the cost.
A flood that swept through the area, which has a population of 2,500, damaged the buildings and flooded roads and streets.
The area was also flooded earlier this year.
The state has offered to purchase the houses at a cost of $1.8 million, but that would be only part of the cost of rehabilitating the buildings.
A new home in the neighborhood will cost more than $1 million.
The property was flooded in 2011, and officials said that was the cause of the water damage.
Officials are hoping to complete the rehab by the end of the year.
A total of 17 homes and condos were damaged.