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Plainville receives funds to buy damaged homes

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PLAINVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Plainville town officials have received more than $2.5 million from federal emergency officials to buy and demolish 14 homes in the Pequabuck River flood plain.

The initiative will enable flood-prone areas to be returned to open space.

The funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency covers 75 percent of the estimated cost of the 14 homes. The initiative will help people whose homes have been hit by flash floods and are unable to sell their damaged properties.

The grant will cover two homes on Forestville Avenue, eight on Robert Street Extension, three on Norton Place Extension and one on Milo Road.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy joined U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and Plainville town officials and residents Friday to mark the receipt of the federal grant.

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