Watchdog: Some Seek Buyouts of Flooded Properties
March 4, 2013
Video by Thomas P. Costello
Article by Todd B. Bates
Floodwaters flowed into Fran O’Connor’s low-lying Sayreville home three times in the past three years, with devastating results.
The first two storms – a March 2010 nor’easter and Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011 – brought about 4 to 5 feet of water into the house. But that was just a warm-up to superstorm Sandy, when at least 10 feet of water inundated the home.
“It actually looked like a war zone here after the storm,” said O’Connor, 54, a 16-year resident of hard-hit Weber Avenue. “The entire contents of everyone’s homes was ripped out and piled up on the curb of their houses.”