In New Jersey, a slow-motion evacuation from climate change
By WAYNE PARRY and TED SHAFFREY
WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (AP) - In one New Jersey town of more than 100,000 residents, some neighborhoods are projected to be underwater in coming decades as sea levels rise because of climate change. People who live on the land are accepting offers from the government to buy and demolish their homes, taking them permanently out of harm's way. The state's buyout program also aims to use the land left behind as a buffer or sponge to help absorb floodwaters. Similar programs for buyouts of flood-prone properties can be found in coastal and inland states alike.
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