In an effort to aid residents and communities affected by last week’s severe storms and flooding, Gov. Chris Christie announced today that he has asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to work with the state to conduct a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment of affected areas to begin the process of getting a presidential disaster declaration and federal reimbursement.
“This was a significant weather event which resulted in evacuations, personal and public property damage and considerable expense for the impacted municipalities,” Christie said. “We must do what we can to help ease the impact, and this request to FEMA starts that process.”
In anticipation of the flood waters receding, assessments are scheduled to commence on Wednesday, when all county and local officials throughout the state will begin to assess and document the impact of the flooding, according to Christie’s office.
New Jersey Office of Emergency Management and FEMA representatives will conduct Joint assessments in Bergen, Essex, Morris, Sussex and Passaic Counties, the hardest-hit areas. Teams will be directed to additional counties, if needed.