SAYREVILLE, N.J. (March 14, 2014) A flood-damaged home in Sayerville, N.J., has is the first to be demolished under a Superstorm Sandy buyout program and one off four scheduled to be razed this week in the Middlesex County town.
The family that had lived there for 25 years has relocated to another home in Sayreville.
The state's $300 million Blue Acres program will purchase Sandy-damaged homes in flood-prone areas from willing sellers and return the land to open spaces.
The state says 171 property owners in Sayreville and South River have accepted buyout offers from the Department of Environmental Protection.
The towns sustained significant flooding when Sandy's storm surge pushed from the Raritan Bay into the South River.
The DEP has closed on 50 homes so far.