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December 13, 2012

FEMA OKs Essex County flood-property buyout


“We have never received a monetary offer. Until we know what they’re offering us for the property, I can’t say yes or no. If it’s a fair offer it would be terrific.”

Those details will apparently be worked out once the program gets underway.

The FEMA program will pay property owners 75 percent of the appraised value of their homes. It also covers the cost of demolishing structures, and grading and seeding sites.

Written comments on the buyout may be submitted by mail to FEMA Region II, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Square, Room 742, Albany, New York 12206-5421, or by email to Comments should be submitted within 15 days.

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