In New Jersey, a slow-motion evacuation from climate change

WAYNE PARRY and TED SHAFFREY / NBC – Housing is in high demand in the heavily populated northeastern United States. But in Woodbridge, New Jersey, the state has bought and torn down 145 homes since 2013 and returned the land to nature, with eight homes demolished this month alone. Dozens more are slated to be torn down in the near future.

Some neighborhoods in this town of over 100,000 residents just off the bustling New Jersey Turnpike are projected to be partly or fully underwater in coming decades as global sea levels rise.

Earlier this month, Patricia Kambach, 80, went inside rather than watch a crew demolish her longtime neighbor’s home. Kambach has lived in her house on Lewis Street since John F. Kennedy was president …

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