Oakland homes along the Ramapo River to get flood buyouts with $2 million in new funding

Owners of flood-prone Oakland homes won't have to worry about the problem anymore. (7/8/14)

OAKLAND - Owners of flood-prone Oakland homes won't have to worry about the problem anymore.

The town has received $2 million to buy out six homes along the Ramapo River.

The homes flood frequently during heavy rainstorms and had to be gutted after Hurricane Irene.
     
Homeowners say the buyouts are welcome news because there was no way they'd be able to sell them.

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"The flooding is bad, very bad," says Dawn Redick. "I've had seven floods here, where it took out all my property and went into the house."

Once the homes are bought out, the town will knock them down and turn the land into a park.

Another six homes along the Ramapo will be bought out at a later date.

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