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Town Seeking to Buy Out Homes in Dangerous Flooding Zones in Middlboro, Massachusetts

About 10 homes are in an area near the Taunton River that is difficult for first responders to get to

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    Flood waters continue to rise in Middleboro, Massachusetts, after storms moved through the areas the last couple of weeks. More rain is on the way, threatening homes in one neighborhood.

    (Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017)

    The town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, is seeking to buy out a few homes that are located in a dangerous flooding zone along part of the Taunton River.

    During heavy rainstorms, public safety officials keep an closer eye on one area of Middleboro because flooding from the river cuts off the road from the rest of the town.

    Ahead of Tuesday's heavy rain, officials told 10 families to evacuate their homes because they would not be able to reach them if there was an emergency.

    The road leading to the area flooded with three feet of water and off the road, it was even deeper.

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    The town of Middleboro, Massachusetts is seeking to purchase multiple homes that are subject to isolation due to flooding. When precipitation is aggressive enough, the part of town where these homes are located becomes cut off from the rest of the community and forces occupants to evacuate for safety reasons.

    (Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017)

    Chief Lance Benjamino from the Middleboro Fire Department said, "it drops to about 4 1/2-5 feet...so any vehicle or personnel that go off to that side, it's treacherous."

    While some families left ahead of the storm, others did not.

    Resident Richard Villiard explained, "everybody takes a risk eventually...that's the way it is."

    Officials are still urging families to evacuate ahead of the rain expected on Thursday.

    "Usually we leave our cars on this side and then like they said we just take canoes back and forth. They told us to leave, but my dad was not about it so... we're just like... we're going to stay," said resident Brandyn Villiard.

    Amy Bradford has been keeping her animals in a barn by the river for two years and says she's never seen the water this high.

    Town Seeking to Buy Out Homes in Dangerous Flooding Zones

    [NECN] Town Seeking to Buy Out Homes in Dangerous Flooding Zones

    The town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, is seeking to buy out a few homes that are located in a dangerous flooding zone along part of the Taunton River.

    (Published Wednesday, April 5, 2017)

    "This is normally dry and there's a tiny brook that runs off that way. So then that's about 3 feet high and it's normally, you can walk out there," Bradford said.

    Floods are normal in the area, however, the last major evacuation was back in 2010.

    Since then, the town in conjunction with MEMA and FEMA, has been putting pressure on residents to move.

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