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Yes. You do not need the City’s permission to buy the property.
Yes. However, at some point, as the City’s projects progress, the City may contact you and seek to acquire rights in your property (either ownership or easement rights).
The City does not necessarily know which properties have flooded over the years and which have not. You should ask the current owner about historical incidents of flooding. You may also find the following websites helpful. (The St. Louis County site is an interactive map which has layers showing 1% Annual Chance, also known as 100-year, and 0.2% Annual Chance, also known as 500-year, regulatory flood zone locations.) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Map Service Center (allows regulatory flood map lookup by address)St. Louis County (“Special Flood Hazard Areas” and “Other Flood Areas”)
Maps showing the preliminary designs of the projects are subject to change.