With a mighty sweep, the last-standing buyout house on McCord Street in Tunkhannock came toppling down last Wednesday, marking a new chapter in the rippling after-affects of record flooding in September of 2011.
The four homes near Swale Brook were among five in Tunkhannock Borough that were purchased as part of a buyout program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The fifth borough home is south of Tioga Street, fronting the Tunkhannock Creek, and should come down within days.
Marking the symbolic occasion, representatives from across the region that had a hand in the process convened at the 9 a.m. demolition.
Wyoming County Commissioner Tom Henry, who was present at the demolition, said he’s happy the process is gaining momentum, but there’s still work to be done.
“I’m extremely excited that this is being done, but there’s still houses out there left to go - we didn’t forget them,” Henry said. “We’re going to keep going, here, and they will be done shortly.”
According to Wyoming County Emergency Management Director Gene Dziak, the process from when the house is acquired by the government until the day it is torn down is lengthy.
“This office has put in a ton of work in order to make this happen. These people helped really get this thing done,” Dziak said in early April when the demolitions began. “We’ve climbed some hurdles this time around and jumped through many, many hoops, and now we’re seeing the fruits of the labor.”
According to Dziak, municipalities across the county should begin to see more and more demolitions in the coming months.