Residents whose homes were catastrophically flooded during Tropical Storm Irene got some good news on Friday from their federal delegation – the town will receive $2.54 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds to purchase 14 homes endangered by their position on the Pequabuck River flood plain.
U.S.Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, along with U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, joined local and state government representatives onRoberts Street Extension to announce the news.
The grant allows the town to purchase all 14 of these homes, eight on Robert Street Extension, three on Norton Place Extension, and one on Milo Road. The program is completely voluntary and residents also have the option of using the funds to move their home to a higher elevation in the same general area or to move their utilities to a higher elevation. The homes which are vacated will be demolished by the town and the properties will become open space.
Full story in the January 18th edition of The Observer.