New Jersey continues to buy out flood-prone properties, cede land to the water

     Flood prone New Jersey properties like Bay Point on the Delaware Bay have been purchased by the state through the Blue Acres program. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

    Flood prone New Jersey properties like Bay Point on the Delaware Bay have been purchased by the state through the Blue Acres program. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

    NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller spoke with Fawn McGee, who directs New Jersey’s Blue Acres program. Using federal funding, the program buys flood-prone houses from those willing to sell, and then demolishes them, letting the water eventually overtake the properties. 

    After Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tasked the program with buying 1,000 houses. Of these, 850 buyouts have already been approved.

    Listen to the interview below.

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