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West Haven homes impacted by storms targeted for demolition

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In West Haven, the city is teaming up with the federal government to target flood-prone homes. (WFSB) In West Haven, the city is teaming up with the federal government to target flood-prone homes. (WFSB)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

It has been nearly four years since Superstorm Sandy, but cities and town are still cleaning up.

In West Haven, the city is teaming up with the federal government to target flood-prone homes.

More than a dozen homes will soon be demolished, and others could join the list.

The homes are a block or two from the beach, and there is also a creek that runs behind them so when it rains or there is a big storm, that’s when there’s a problem.

"I've lived here my whole life in this neighborhood,” Mike Cama said, adding that he admits his days could be numbered.

Many of his neighbors on Third Avenue Extension are already gone.

"With Sandy and Irene, each time I had about 6 feet of water in the basement, new furnaces, new sheetrock, all that stuff,” Cama said.

The homes are marked for demolition.

In 2014, West Haven won a $3.8 million grant to target homes in the Old Field Creek Salt Marsh area.

Along with another $2.6 million grant, the government was looking to protect, restore, and maintain flood plains following Sandy, by buying out homes that routinely flood and would likely flood again.

"The properties will be demolished and we'll make it nice open space and hopefully alleviate flooding for the people that remain. It's all voluntary, we have 13 houses in this round,” said Eileen Krugel, West Haven’s grant writer.

Thirteen homes along Third Avenue Extension, Blohm and Main will be knocked down in the first phase.

Letters for phase two will be going out to homeowners sometime this summer.

Chevai Harris, of West Haven, said he’d be willing to listen to what the government is offering.

"If it rains a lot, excessively, your sump pump is not working, you can expect water in the basement, sometimes you'll get a little, but that's the chance you take living near the beach,” Harris said.

The city said the contractors are taking care of remediation issues and giving permits, but the hope is the homes will start coming down in the near future.

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