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N.J. inland towns seek post-Sandy fix

Scant consensus on how to avoid barrier breaches

MOONACHIE, N.J. — Images of New Jersey’s devastated shoreline captivated the nation in the days after Hurricane Sandy.

Less noticed was the enormous damage caused inland when a mile-and-a-half-long earthen barrier along and near the Hackensack River was breached, sending a tidal surge washing over parts of several towns, damaging more than 2,000 homes and other buildings.

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