Governor Rell: Federal Grant to Buy, Demolish Flood-Prone Homes Safeguards People, Cuts Costs

Jul 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Greenways, Land, Open Space, Water

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has announced that the federal government has awarded the Town of East Haven $1.4 million to buy and demolish five flood-prone homes to create open space for parks and greenways – a move that will enhance public safety and improve the community while reducing insurance losses covered by the feds.

The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the one of first-ever multiple-home purchases in Connecticut to be made through FEMA’s Severe Repetitive Loss grant program.

“These homes are among 81 in Connecticut that have historically suffered the greatest insurance losses from flooding in the state,” Governor Rell said. “Clearing them will enable the town to create a productive public space for all to enjoy while ensuring the homeowners are moved to safer, less flood-prone locations.

“This process is also likely to save more than $2 million in future flood insurance losses,” the Governor noted. “Flood insurance is only provided through the federal government, so savings achieved through purchases like this accrue to all taxpayers.”

The five homeowners are expected to sign a formal agreement to sell their homes to the town in the next few weeks. Each home will then be demolished within 90 days of the sale date. East Haven fire officials are planning to burn down one or more of these homes to provide training for their fire fighters.

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