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Feds OK $26.3M to buy out flood-prone homes



WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) — The federal government has awarded New Jersey $26.3 million to enable it to buy 89 homes in flood-prone sections of Woodbridge.

The state is in the process of buying homes from willing sellers affected by Superstorm Sandy to preserve the land as open space and protect against future flooding.

Gov. Chris Christie says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has now approved $100 million for the purchase of 361 homes in Sayreville, South River and Woodbridge.

These communities sustained extensive flooding from the Raritan River, South River and Woodbridge River, as well as storm surge from the Raritan Bay, during Sandy.

So far, the state’s Blue Acres Program has made 272 buyout offers in Sayreville and South River.

It has closed on 27 Sayreville homes, including four in the past week.