COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) - A number of Vermont towns that bought properties made unusable by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene are now trying to decide what to do with that land that will be cleared of structures damaged by the 2011 storm.
So far 30 properties have been purchased by cities and towns and another 67 buyouts are in the pipeline.
The hazard mitigation program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency pays a portion of the pre-flood value of structures in areas likely to be hit by future flooding. The structures are then torn down.
Readsboro Town Administrator Mark Shea says one idea for areas along the Deerfield River where three homes were bought out include building a bench next to a display of photographs of the houses and the families who lived there.
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