Big Boost for Flood Buyouts
NJ to use federal money to buy properties damaged by Ida
TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT NEWS – The Murphy administration is targeting $50 million in federal aid to buy out properties flooded out last fall by Tropical Storm Ida — an event that reinforced the state’s vulnerability to climate change.
Gov. Phil Murphy made the announcement Tuesday in Lambertville, one of the areas hardest hit by Ida when a normally placid Swan Creek swelled so quickly after rains fell at the rate of 2 to 3 inches per hour, that it swept two houses into its waters …