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Buy Out Flood-Prone NJ Homes Says Former DEP Boss

As New Jersey lawmakers consider a package of bills to help the state recover from Superstorm Sandy, a former New Jersey environmental protection commissioner says the storm provided a golden opportunity to buy out flood-prone homes and move them further away from the water.

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Governor Christie announces new flood maps
Governor Christie announces new flood maps in Seaside Heights (YouTube)
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NJ Adopting Flood Maps for Sandy Rebuilding [VIDEO]

New Jersey is adopting advisory flood maps released last month by the federal government to guide rebuilding following Superstorm Sandy, putting into effect tougher standards for reconstruction that will in some cases force homeowners and businesses to relocate or build at higher elevations, Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday.

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Ocean Avenue in Cape May is flooded
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Governor Christie Tired Of Waiting On FEMA Flood Maps [AUDIO]

Governor Christie won't be waiting for FEMA to release the final Flood Base Elevation maps, instead saying he will make the decision on the state's flood maps.

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NJ Mayors Concerned About New FEMA Flood Maps [POLL/AUDIO]

The new FEMA flood maps recommend that residents in flood zones in ten counties consider raising their homes anywhere between one and five feet.

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Flooding From Morning Winter Storm

Friday's early morning left in it's wake evacuations, flooding, and thousands of outages throughout the area.

JCP&L crews are already working on repairs, the utility's outage map shows almost eleven thousand outages in Monmouth County and almost three thousand outages in Ocean County. Re

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NJ Coastal Flood Risk Maps Released

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says that data gathered before Superstorm Sandy shows that New Jersey's coastal flood risk is worse than previously believed.

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Damage in Normandy Beach from Hurricane Sandy
Damage in Normandy Beach from Hurricane Sandy (David Matthau, Townsquare Media)
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Governor Christie Says Forced Home Buyouts Not Likely [POLL/AUDIO]

In some areas of the state homes are damaged or destroyed after every major storm. They're often rebuilt in part with the use of tax dollars, both state and federal.

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Fischer Boulevard in Toms River (Facebook via Jersey Shore Hurricane News)
Fischer Boulevard in Toms River (Facebook via Jersey Shore Hurricane News)
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A Toms River ER Tech Gives New Meaning to Dedication After Sandy [Video]

In the weeks since Hurricane Sandy, there's been no lack of amazing stories right from our own backyard. And here's another that definitely falls into the category of "heroic"

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State Should Buy Out Flood-Prone Homes, Says Senate President [AUDIO]

In the Garden State, a new slogan emerging could be, "If we build it, another storm will knock it down."

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Fischer Boulevard in Toms River (Facebook via Jersey Shore Hurricane News)
Fischer Boulevard in Toms River (Facebook via Jersey Shore Hurricane News)
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A Firsthand Account of Hurricane Sandy’s Destruction [Pictures]

Social media has given us an unprescedented insight into what people were going through as Hurricane Sandy wrought her destruction on Ocean County.

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