Oakland applies for federal aid to buy out flood-prone homes

The Borough of Oakland has applied for $24 million in federal and state aid to buy out homes along the Ramapo River flood plain.Many homeowners

OAKLAND - The Borough of Oakland has applied for $24 million in federal and state aid to buy out homes along the Ramapo River flood plain.

Many homeowners say their houses flood every time a major storm hits, and the river overflows.

The town's mayor says because of the number of applications, it's not likely the borough will get all of the aid it requested this year. He plans to apply for the money each year, until every home in the flood plain is bought out.

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