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First FEMA aid house falls in Jay

Erin Himmel of the Town of Jay Highway Department demolishes the first of 28 Essex County Homes in Jay that fall under federal and state funding for removal in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene.

Erin Himmel of the Town of Jay Highway Department demolishes the first of 28 Essex County Homes in Jay that fall under federal and state funding for removal in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— In Jay, Douglas said he will notify families that have lived in the houses that will be torn down as a courtesy.

“These are some tight-knit areas like the former Land of Make Believe and the Jersey Section in Au Sable Forks,” Douglas said. “We want them to know everything that is going on so they don’t come through someday looking for their family homestead only to find it gone.”

The 28 properties will be razed in a 100 percent fully funded process that will be covered 75 percent by FEMA and an additional 25 percent being covered by the State of New York through a Community Development Block Grant, a formula that Supervisor Douglas and colleagues rallied for and successfully achieved.

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