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6:33 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Cranston applies for flood aid

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – There may be hope after all for Pawtuxet River watershed residents who have experienced repeated flooding.

The City of Cranston is applying for federal grants to help homeowners in flood areas, including funds to buy out properties in the Pawtuxet River watershed.

Participation in the buy out program would be voluntary and Cranston Mayor Alan Fung warns the money - if it comes through at all - could be two years off.

"It's not necessarily a win win where they're going to make a plethora of money because there are a lot of restrictions," Fung says. "But it's an opportunity for repeatedly flood prone residents to be bought out if they so choose."

Any grant allotted would have deducted from it money already received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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