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FEMA comes through for families in Essex County, NY

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has agreed to buy out dozens of homes in Essex County, N.Y.

In all, the government has decided to purchase 26 homes, most of them in the town of Jay near the Ausable River.

These homes qualified for the substantially damaged category.

Last year, an ice jam and Tropical Storm Irene caused the river to reach record levels twice.

While last year's flood was historic, it was not the first time these homes had flooded.

"It's like an early Christmas present. Some of the people have been out of their homes for 16 months and are still paying taxes on these properties. We did lower assessments due to the damage, buy they are still paying taxes on them-- school, land, water, sewer on these homes-- and in the meantime have to pay rent to live somewhere else. It's just unfortunate," said Randy Douglas, D-Essex County Supervisor.

The homes will likely be torn down early next year. The state has approved FEMA buyouts for another three dozen homes in Essex County. Douglas expects a decision on those homes in the coming weeks.

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