Tired of flood damage, South Jersey residents want the state to buy their homes

Rancocas Creek

ELLIE RUSHING / PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER – Winding through the middle of Southampton Township is the Rancocas Creek, a 58.3-mile tributary of the Delaware River. Its three branches run quietly and serenely, fueling the nature around it and, in turn, hypnotizing home buyers searching for a slice of waterfront paradise.

“We thought we were going to live here forever,” said Orly Buday, who purchased a 3,000-square-foot home on the north branch of the creek with her husband, Larry Foster, in 2004. But the dark-brown cedar water that runs so peacefully one moment can quickly swell with fury the next, and overflow and ravage the homes around it in hours …

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