WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - Demolition on the state office buildings in Waterbury that were flooded by Tropical Storm Irene is picking up speed, and construction of a new, somewhat smaller office complex is expected to begin in April.
The Burlington Free Press reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to cover about $120 million of the $225 million cost of rebuilding in Waterbury, replacing the Vermont State Hospital with a new facility in Berlin, and moving the Agency of Natural Resources to Montpelier.
Work in Waterbury so far has included demolition of about 150,000 square feet of flooded office space.
The construction to begin in April is on a new and more flood-resilient 86,000-square foot office building to house the Agency of Human Services.
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