WASHINGTON, D. C.--Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac announced that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) will receive $2,575,000 to buy out and demolish 89 flood prone properties in Woodbridge. The properties will be maintained as open space.
"This funding will provide much needed relief to Woodbridge homeowners who are still trying to recover from Sandy's devastation," said McCormac.
"With extreme weather disasters on the rise as a result of climate change, it is critical that we take steps like this to remove homes from the path of destruction, which is why I fought for buyout relief in the Sandy Aid package, said Pallone."
This grant is awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and the State of New Jersey will determine which properties will be bought and cleared. The grant covers 100% of the full cost of the project and was made possible through the Sandy Aid package Congressman Pallone fought for in Congress.