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Plainville to take down homes damaged by Irene

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PLAINVILLE, CT (WFSB) -

Plainville is moving ahead with a plan to knock down more than a dozen homes damaged nearly two years ago during Tropical Storm Irene.

The homes are near the Pequabuck Rover and flood easily qualified for a federal grant in which the homes will be bought by the town and then knocked down.

"My house did the best," resident Danielle Roux said. "We had five feet of water in my basement. A couple of houses had first-floor damage. We couldn't leave and can't stay there now."

She said she knows she'll be losing some neighbors on Robert Street Extension.

There are seven homes on Robert Street Extension, three homes on Norton Place Extension, two on Forestville Avenue and one on Milo Road that will be converted to green space after they are knocked down.

"The state and federal government will be providing 100 percent of the value of the home, pre-flood," town manager Robert Lee said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for 75 percent of the demolition, with the town council on Monday night setting aside $100,000 to cover the rest. FEMA offers mitigation grant programs like this one instead of having to continuously pay out large claims when properties flood again.

"By purchasing the homes, we're providing a permanent solution to them to get out, get the full value of their home and go on with their lives and not be subject to flooding in the future," Lee said.

As for Roux, after living here for 22 years, she said her family thought about selling and leaving. They said they decided to stick it out, but admits the neighborhood will never be the same.

"I think it will be quite sad," she said. "They're going to know (the homes) down. I'll probably be in tears seeing a couple of neighbors leave."

The town manager said they actually met with attorneys and said the state Department of Emergency Management to start working on contracts. They said they really want to get the ball rolling and hope to start buying homes in mid-July with demolition starting in August.

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