The town of Union's property buyout plan has received a boost from the federal government.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency this afternoon notified the town that it intends to fund a proposed buyout of 176 properties.

According to deputy supervisor Rose Sotak's office, a fifteen-day public comment period is required before the town receives final approval from FEMA.

The town expects to have a formal decision shortly after the comment period ends.

A statement released by the town described the development as "encouraging news." The statement indicated the town is prepared to move forward with the buyout process as soon as the formal decision letter has been received.