MOHAWK — Demolition crews have been taking down houses in Mohawk as part of the flood buyout program.

Seven houses are being demolished in this round with a potential for an eighth building to be taken down, according to Village Superintendent of Public Works Mike Shedd.

The eighth is one the village is still trying to acquire from the bank that holds it, he said.

All but one of the houses, the one at 44 Devendorf St., are being taken down under the state buyout program. Federal buyout funds are paying for the Devendorf Street house.

Federal funds were also used to pay for an earlier round of demolitions in the village.

This project will work in conjunction with a $2 million flood plain project designed to get people out of the flood plain area, according to Shedd.

"There are easements we’re working on to go all the way up the creek," he said.

In addition to relocating a water main, plans call for "benching" or creating tiers in the creek banks to keep the water within the banks. The width needed will be determined by a hydrologist, Shedd said.

The work will focus on the area from Fulmer Creek Bridge, on West Main Street, to a little past Minnowbrook Creek.

"We hope, down the road, it will keep everyone out of the flood plain," said Shedd.

The village board voted in February to accept two grants related to the Fulmer Creek Green Plain project. One is a grant of up to $2 million from the Green Innovation Grant Program, administered by the Environmental Facilities Corporation, for creek bank work. A local match of 10 percent, or $200,000, would be required. The other is a $219,312 grant from the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for the Fulmer Creek Green Plain project, which would require an archaeological study and gaining easements and acquiring property along a section of the creek.