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Vestal flood damaged home demolished

VESTAL, N.Y. - A flooded-out eyesore in Vestal has finally been torn down.

A crew from LCP Group demolished 349 Second Avenue Tuesday morning.

The home, with its caved-in foundation and collapsing roof, had been abandoned by its owner following the flood of 2011 which ravaged the Twin Orchards neighborhood off Old Vestal Road.

Because the homeowner did not apply for FEMA demolition funds, the Town of Vestal turned to the Broome County Land Bank to pay the nearly $9,000 cost.

Land Bank Executive Director Margaret Scarinzi says her agency helps towns like Vestal that don't receive federal block grant funding deal with rural or suburban blight.

"If you look around this street, you can see that the neighbors have pretty much bounced back from the flooding so to eliminate this eyesore, this daily reminder, hopefully will be a tremendous positive impact for them," said Scarinzi.

The demolition was the fourth conducted by the Land Bank since November 27.

The others were in the towns of Dickinson, Chenango, and Kirkwood.


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