Flood-Prone Morris County Homes To Be Bought Out For Open Space

LINCOLN PARK, NJ (CBSNewYork) – Some who live in Morris County‘s flood-prone areas, such as along Riveredge Road in Lincoln Park, have simply walked away. Their homes are boarded up after one flood too many.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

Others praying for a buyout, but it’s a struggle.

“Keep making phone calls and keep making phone calls, but the process is like forever. A year, two years. Meanwhile you get flooded again and again and again, and you’re in limbo. You don’t know what to do,” one woman told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

This won’t solve the problem, but it might help some people.

There is to be money for buyouts from the county, $16 million to start, along with matching dollars from FEMA and state funds.

Towns can apply for the money, buy homes, bulldoze them, and preserve the land as open space.

Additional information is available online at www.morrisplanning.org or by calling the Morris County Department of Planning and Development at 973-829-8120.

  • sharon wolff

    It is obvious that Nick’s comments reflect and absolutely uneducated, totally absurd response to this buy out. I am sure if Nick, the dolt were in the shoes of these people he would be very happy to have a buyout. As Eve stated in her response to Ignorant Nick. “the tides are changing” and they did!
    I am relieved that these folks have a way out, rather than suffer any longer.
    Nick there is a saying, “don’t complain until you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”.

  • MIKE

    serves the pricks right!!!! STOP BUYING REAL ESTATE NEAR THE FRIGGIN WATER!!1


  • Nick

    So us taxpayers are paying for these idiots who buy homes in flood waters… WHY?

    • Eve

      Really, that is all you have to add?? The tides are changing and what never flooded before is now victim to every nor’easter that comes this way. Would it be terrible to have more open space? I would rather spend my tax dollars on that than the pensions of lazy under achieving school teachers and elected officials

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