- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2016

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Officials in the Vermont town of Brattleboro have decided to tear down an apartment building so the land can be opened up to help prevent future floods.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports (https://bit.ly/2dUm0Yb ) the plan includes removing 11 buildings from Melrose Terrace, widening the Whetstone Brook and adding a box culvert to the George Miller Bridge.

The entire housing complex will eventually be demolished.

Christine Hart, the Brattleboro Housing Partnerships’ executive director, says the watershed has become more of a flood risk over the years and Melrose Terrace is no longer a place that should be occupied by residents.

The town has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency pre-disaster mitigation funds to help with the project.

Word on the FEMA funding is expected sometime next year.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/

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