OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Several new flood-prone areas of the Garden State have been added to New Jersey’s Blue Acres buyout program.
A spokesperson for the state Department of Environmental Protection tells News 12 New Jersey that about 30 properties in Ocean and Wall townships will be added to the list. This includes homes on Brookside Drive in Ocean Township and homes on Old Mill and Butternut roads in Wall Township.
Ocean Township resident Teri Morgan says that she will probably keep her home, but thinks that her neighbors may be interested. She also says that when some of the homes flood, water can come half way up the walls.
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Bob Miller, also from Ocean Township, says that his street did not make the list, even though the Whalepond Brook often overflows. Miller says that he fears he will have problems selling his home, and hopes his street is added to the program soon.
“Of course whoever is going to buy the house, we’re up front,” he says. “We’ll tell them the problems we’ve had. That’s why I think this would be a great opportunity.”
Under the program, residents in areas that have been deemed flood risks can sell their property to the state at pre-Superstorm Sandy market values.