- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NEWFANE, Vt. (AP) - Town officials are still working to restore a local Vermont town after Tropical Storm Irene swept through almost four years ago.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (https://bit.ly/1KLTinv ) the Federal Emergency Management agency gave preliminary approval to Newfane’s hazard-mitigation plan which will allow the town to get funding for the last buyout of a flood-damaged property in South Newfane.

A Newfane official says that so far the town has taken control of four Irene-damaged parcels and three have been demolished so they can’t be damaged in future flooding.

Newfane Village trustees will consider the hazard-mitigation plan this week and then the document will go back to FEMA for final approval. Once that has been completed, the town will be able to buy the final property.

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