First home on flood prone Perkins Ave leveled

By: Melissa Toupin

The little white house that sits at the end of Perkins Avenue in Cranston is no more.

“My neighbors are able to go on with their lives now,” said Margaret McKenna.

Crews demolished the home, which sat vacant since the devastating floods of 2010. The city bought it, along with six others, with the help of a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“This one here the city just bought. We closed on it a week or two ago,” said Brian DuPont speaking of the house next door to the one that was leveled.

DuPont's family is among those residents packing up their things, and moving out. The thought of tearing down his childhood home is bittersweet.

“Unbelievable memories. The best, best neighborhood you could ever grow up in,” said DuPont.

But not everyone got the chance to sell their home. Some neighbors owe more than the city is willing to pay. Nearly half of the hard hit street is in foreclosure. Other's remain on a waiting list.

“We continue to work to see if we can get any other funding that might be available but it's been very difficult,” said Cranston Mayor Alan Fung.

The remaining five homes will eventually come down too. The land will be restored to its natural state as wetlands. The attempt here is to prevent any future flooding.

(C) WLNE-TV 2013