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Flooded Schoharie County homes to come down

FEMA program buys properties damaged by tropical storms

Some of the devastation left behind by Tropical Storm Irene is along West Middleburgh Road off Route 30 in August 2011.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Some of the devastation left behind by Tropical Storm Irene is along West Middleburgh Road off Route 30 in August 2011.
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Demolition will begin next month on 37 homes approved last month for a federal hazard mitigation program, shrinking the population near the Schoharie Creek and other waterways in Schoharie County. Schoharie County Senior Planner Shane Nickle said FEMA has approved roughly $4.5 million in funding for the estimated $6 million cost to buy flooded properties from their owners. The program, administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, was open to landowners ...


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mj3843
March 14, 2013
8:32 a.m.

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75% is better than nothing. When I sold my home I lost about 85% of its value; and, no I did not rebuild or stay. Once flooded was enough for me. My husband and I are now in a place where we do not need flood insurance with our mortgage. Though we had to rebuild as it was cheaper than renting. I feel sorry for Schoharie County, for that was a place I was born and raised; and, the house was my parents. I miss not being there, but, I am glad to see that the house is still standing and new residents are living there. Good Luck Schoharie County.

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