Demolition began Thursday on 11 flood-ravaged homes in the town of New Hartford. It wasn't without some tears.
"Soon as it starts, I'll be crying," said Mary McCorduck, as she watched 12 Henderson Street come down. "My grandparents sold it in 1944 then they bought number 8. So we were raised two houses away. So, this is our neighborhood. This is our family."
For McCorduck, whose great grandparents, grandparents and then Godmother owned the house, it is filled with wonderful memories. For the families that came later...not so good memories.
"These are homes that had multiple disasters and multiple devastation. People had their basements flooded, lost their furnaces, their hot water tanks, all their belongings," said New Hartford Town Supervisor Paul Miscione.
FEMA is footing the $2.1 million dollar bill. Homeowners were bought out, the homes are being demolished and the remaining lots will be backfilled and grassed, to be used as green space.
"These two locations here, 12 and 10, might actually become part of the NY Mills park that's behind us," said Miscione.
New Hartford didn't have the equipment or trained crews to take down the homes. The city of Utica is providing those services in what the mayor says will be the first of many such collaborations.
"We will have other announcements as we look forward," said Mayor Robert Palmieri.