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Residents of Tiny Community Ravaged by Hurricane Sandy Now Face Big Decision

State offers $10 million buyout of nearly four-dozen properties destroyed or severely damaged by superstorm

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Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY
The tiny town of Bay Point, surrounded by marshland along a secluded stretch along Delaware Bay, was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed or severely damaged dozens of homes.

The tiny village of Bay Point was pretty much overlooked when Hurricane Sandy pounded New Jersey – except by the killer storm itself, which destroyed 10 homes and severely damaged nearly three dozen more in the small coastal community located in Lawrence Township,Cumberland County, along the Delaware Bay.

Now residents are trying to decide whether to sell their flood-prone properties to the state through New Jersey’s Blue Acres program, which has earmarked $10 million to acquire properties in Bay Point.

Before the storm leveled their home, Mike and Kate Nelson described the place where he grew up as "a little piece of heaven on earth."

But all that remains where their house once stood are pilings, rubble and a few rotting horseshoe crabs, and the Nelsons are among residents wrestling with whether to accept the buyout from the state.

Read and listen to a report by Mary Cummings-Jordan of WHYY/NewsWorks, a partner of NJ Spotlight.

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