USA: Flooded out? Morris County to buy homes for open space

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Recorder Community Newspapers, NewJerseyHills.com
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A flood mitigation program to help purchase flood-prone residential properties and convert them to permanently preserved open space was adopted in Morristown, New Jersey, USA, reports NewJerseyHills.com.

The Morris County Flood Mitigation Program was developed in response to increased, repetitive flooding in the county, especially the excessive flooding caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011.

“Regrettably, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene and last year’s pre-Halloween storm was not a one-time anomaly, but a risk that flood plain property owners have faced from the time construction was permitted in these disaster prone neighborhoods,” Freeholder Gene Feyl said. “This program will allow towns to take steps to effect lasting mitigation by permanently removing dwellings from the floodways.”

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