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End of FEMA buyout process near for some

May 28, 2014 7:11 am
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="274"] Storm damage in Prattsville, Aug. 2011.
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Kyle Adams is reporting in The Daily Mail the end of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s buyout process is approaching for a handful of Greene County homeowners still dealing with the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. The Greene County Legislature last week awarded a $50,000 demolition contract to Dan’s Hauling and Demo of East Greenbush. The firm will handle the demolition of structures on six flood-prone properties in Catskill and Cairo. FEMA’s buyout program reimburses homeowners the pre-flood value of properties in flood zones, then return the lots to a forever wild state under municipal ownership. The Greene County Soil and Water Conservation District has been guiding Greene County property owners through the process. Under the program, the town and county are responsible for demolishing any standing structures on the buyout properties within 90 days of closing. The parcels can be left vacant or turned into parks with low-impact structures like benches or open gazebos. Read the full story in The Daily Mail.