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Sayreville Residents Eager, But Nervous About Buyouts

270 Homes Destroyed Or Damaged By Sandy
Sign on a home in Sayreville, N.J. - May 16, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

Sign on a home in Sayreville, N.J. – May 16, 2013 (credit: Peter Haskell / WCBS 880)

SAYREVILLE, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - On Thursday, Gov. Chris Christie announced a plan to buy out homes in flood-prone areas of Sayreville and South River so no houses are built there in the future, and some residents are eager.

One house after another in Sayreville has a sign indicating it’s unsafe.

After all she’s been through, Shannon Cox is anxious for a buyout.

“We’re done. We want to get out,” she told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

“We had two hurricanes within two years. So, we got the message,” her husband Chris said.

The storm left a mess.

“We had to throw everything out and gut everything and live with my parents until we figure everything out,” she said. “We lost everything in the house. I don’t want that to happen again.”

But for others in Sayreville, it’s not that easy.

“It depends on how much they’re offering,” said Kathy Hogue, who needs to be able to pay off her mortgage. “I bought my house when the market was high. I also renovated the house when I bought it.”

But if the price is right, she’ll take a buyout.

“It would give me piece of mind that the next time there’s a storm brewing out there, that I don’t have to try and get all my furniture up on to the very top level,” she said.

The governor says there needs to be neighborhood consensus before there’s a buyout. The buyouts would start with 300 homes next month and eventually increase to 1,000 homes.

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