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State pitches in on home buyouts

Funds will let owners of ruined properties receive full value

A ruined house is seen on Route 20 in the town of Esperance on Aug. 29, 2011. (Gazette file photo)
A ruined house is seen on Route 20 in the town of Esperance on Aug. 29, 2011. (Gazette file photo)
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Jim Shaul’s devastated home on Redling Road in Fulton has remained vacant since the day the badly swollen Schoharie Creek burst from its banks and slammed into the structure with enough force to crack its foundation in half. The home struck by the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene was beyond repair, with parts of its first floor collapsing into the basement. And given the creek’s tendencies, Shaul wasn’t eager to rebuild anywhere near the flood ...


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