WATERBURY >> The town of Waterbury is celebrating another milestone in its years-long recovery from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

More than five years after the 2011 storm forced the Vermont town to abandon its town office building, officials on Friday marked the opening of new town offices. Special events are planned for Saturday.

The new $5 million offices are located adjacent to what had been the town library, up out of the flood plain.

The new complex includes the town offices, the historical society and the library.

Speaking at a ceremony, U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy said the story of the Waterbury town offices, like the state, is one of perseverance with people and communities rebuilding "smarter and better than before."