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9:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Flood-Prone Homes In Cranston Demolished, Returning to Wetlands

The demolition of six flood-prone Cranston homes has begun.  The homes on Perkins Avenue were badly flooded three years ago and the federal government has bought the homeowners out.  It was a bittersweet moment for some Perkins Avenue residents.

Six flood-prone houses were demolished on Perkins Ave in Cranston to be restored to Wetlands.
Six flood-prone houses were demolished on Perkins Ave in Cranston to be restored to Wetlands.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

With Cranston Mayor Allan Fung at the wheel, an excavator made quick work demolishing a two-story bungalow on Perkins Avenue in Cranston. It’s one of six flood-prone homes that are being torn down.  Watching from the sidelines was Brian Dupont, whose home next door is also coming down.

"It’s sad. These were hard working, middle income people; paid their mortgage and through no fault of their own were put out of their homes and couldn’t afford to pay for a hotel or pay for two means of occupancy with one being vacant. So it’s a tough situation," said Dupont.

For some the help came too late. Margaret McKenna lost her home to foreclosure waiting for the government to buy out her house after the great flood of 2010.

"We spent eight thousand dollars and we didn’t even come back to the house. Just having it cleaned out and all the stuff taken out," said McKenna.

Once the houses are torn down, the property will resort to wetlands, never to be built on again.

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