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Irene-damaged houses coming down in Pittsfield

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Three houses damaged by Tropical Storm Irene more than two years ago are being demolished.

The homes on Route 100 in Pittsfield approved for a Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout are finally being taken down. Once demolished, the lots will become a town park. As required by FEMA, any land where a buyout takes place can never be built on again. Thirty-three towns across Vermont are now the owners of the 96 parcels of land that were approved for buyouts.

Residents say seeing the houses were constant reminders of the havoc Irene wrecked on the town, but hope the park can be enjoyed instead.

"There aren't too many options," said Don Flynn, the town lister. "It's not big enough for a ball field. It's right on two rivers where they come together; it's a very nice location. And it can, hopefully, come out with a good result."

FEMA also requires that the towns never sell the green spaces. The demolition is expected to last three days.

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