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Vermont Gets FEMA OK to Work on Irene Damaged Offices

Top Vermont officials say the state has received approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to start demolition of the state office complex in Waterbury that had to be abandoned after it was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene.

Governor Peter Shumlin and Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding made the announcement Wednesday.

Spaulding says state officials received verbal approval last week and they're expecting written approval this week.

Spaulding says the demolition work can begin in a couple of months.

He also says they expect to hear from FEMA in the "relatively near future" about how much the state will be reimbursed for the $124 million project that will demolish some of the damage buildings, renovate others and build new flood-proof structures.

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