N.J. eyes nearly 700 homes for post-Sandy buyouts

    New Jersey has identified nearly 700 homes it plans to buy and demolish as part of an effort to move people out of flood prone areas.

    But most of the homes targeted for acquisition and demolition are in areas away from the shore, where Superstorm Sandy did its worst damage.

    The state Environmental Protection Department says it has identified 695 homes statewide for buyouts.

    The most recent additions are 89 homes in Woodbridge and seven in East Brunswick.

    So far, 186 property owners have accepted buyout offers and 73 closings have occurred in two other Middlesex County municipalities, Sayreville and South River.

    DEP spokesman Bob Considine says there have been few willing sellers in oceanfront communities hardest-hit by the storm.


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