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Vt. Given OK  To Raze Offices

Montpelier (ap) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has given Vermont verbal approval to start demolition of the state office complex in Waterbury that was flooded by Tropical Storm Irene, and the work should begin this summer, Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding announced yesterday.

The state expects to get written approval for the demolition this week.

Still up in the air is the amount FEMA will reimburse the state for the $124 million project to demolish some of the damaged buildings, renovate others and build new flood-proof structures.

The flooding from Irene on Aug. 28, 2011, forced the state to abandon much of the complex.