Christie announces grant program for raising homes flooded by Sandy

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BRICK TOWNSHIP - A new grant program could help thousands of Jersey Shore homeowners to elevate their houses.

Gov. Chris Christie announced the grant program Monday in a visit to a Brick Township neighborhood.

Homeowners can apply for up to $30,000 to help raise homes to meet the new flood standards.

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Barbara Burke lives on Valencia Drive in Brick and had more than 5 feet of water in her house after Sandy. She says the announcement is exciting, but the money won't cover the $90,000 estimate she got to raise her home.

Homeowners who have already begun the work to elevate their homes are not eligible for the grants.

Other requirements include a stipulation that the home must be your primary residence and lived in before the storm, and within the 100-year flood plain.

Christie says there should be a second round of money coming in the fall for another round of grants.

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