HOWELL - The Garden State was hit hard by Hurricane Irene three years ago today, and many New Jersey communities are still feeling the effects. 

A home in Howell was demolished just last week as part of a buyout of homes located on a tributary to the Manasquan River that was flooded during the storm.

The owner, Dawn Silva, successfully lobbied along with several neighbors for the buyout. She has since relocated to Georgia.

Silva's in-laws, who still live in Howell, say it's difficult not having their children and grandchildren close by. 

"We miss them," says Christina Silva. "We do get to go as much as we can. But this was their home."

The couple says their four grandchildren carry the bad memories of the storm. They had to be rescued by boat from the home.

Three houses on the Mariner's Cove cul-de-sac have been torn down in the buyout. As many as seven more Howell homes could come down.