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DEP Receives Funding for First Round of Woodbridge Blue Acres Buyouts

The DEP will receive $2.5 million to be put toward the buyout of 89 homes in Woodbridge.

Flooded Woodbridge Road. Credit: Woodbridge Flood Zone Facebook Page
Flooded Woodbridge Road. Credit: Woodbridge Flood Zone Facebook Page

$2.5 million intended to go toward the buyout and demolition of 89 Woodbridge homes has come through. 

On Friday, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will receive $2,575,000 in federal money to be put toward 89 flood-prone homes in Woodbridge Township that have been chosen to be bought out through the Blue Acres program.

The funding was made available to the DEP through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, according to Pallone's office. 

In December, it was reported that 190 homeowners throughout Woodbridge Township applied for their flood-damaged homes to be bought out. 

Eighty-nine were approved in the first round, all in Woodbridge proper, in a neighborhood near the Woodbridge River

Mayor John McCormack previously said that he was assured by officials working with the program that additional buyouts would be coming this year.

mrszzano January 18, 2014 at 01:40 PM
Am I missing something? Are these people really getting only $28,000 for their homes? Where are they going to go on $28K? Somebody tell me they're getting more help than that.
Betsy Meehan-Rudowski January 18, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Definitely less than 28K considering the demolition cost reducing the pay-out. I thought it was a misprint.
Anita Buonerba January 21, 2014 at 05:06 PM
It is a sorrowful situation for the Blue Acre residents, and I am sure the trauma of this event was more than enough for anyone to handle, not only relating to the financials, finding temporary housing, but the time and energy it has taken to reach this point. If I can be of any assistance to help a family to reach the resources they need please give me a call. Anita Buonerba,REALTOR-ASSOCIATE EXIT REALTY East Coast 732-423-4210

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