Feds to buy 65 Passaic Co. homes damaged by Irene

The federal government will also elevate 12 homes

The federal government will also elevate 12 homes in flood-prone areas.

POMPTON LAKES - (AP) - Passaic County is getting money from Washington as part of rebuilding efforts from Tropical Storm Irene.

The federal government will buy 65 homes damaged by flooding in the 2011 storm and elevate 12 others.

Hawthorne, Little Falls, Paterson, Pompton Lakes, Totowa, Wayne and Woodland Park are receiving aid.

County economic development chief Deborah Hoffman tells The Record newspaper she expects the nearly $12 million grant will be put to use through next year to either buyout homes in flood-prone areas or raise houses to protect them from flooding.

Passaic County sustained less damage during Hurricane Sandy.

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