FEMA denies aid to victims of March floods

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied flood assistance to communities in the northern part of the state that were damaged by flooding after torrential rains.

In March FEMA officials visited Pompton Lakes, Little Falls, Lodi, New Milford, Lincoln Park and Fairfield to survey damage after rain pounded the Passaic River basin.

In order to qualify for flood relief, New Jersey must meet an $11 million threshold for damages.

A spokesman said the governor was disappointed by the agency’s failure to provide disaster relief.

“We are disappointed in the result considering the extent of the damage and hardship, and the scope of the response. We are currently evaluating our options going forward,” said spokesman Kevin Roberts.

Assemblyman Scott Rumana, who represents many of the areas damaged by the flooding, said the federal government had abandoned residents of the Passaic River basin.

“This devastating decision to deny much-needed aid shows a total lack of understanding of the magnitude of this event and its crippling affect on our residents, our businesses, our municipalities, our counties, and our state,” Rumana said. “It is hard to fathom what circumstances are required in order to receive federal assistance if the flooding in March doesn’t qualify.”  FEMA denies aid to victims of March floods