Sierra Club criticizes FEMA decision; calls for buyouts of Passaic River properties

In the wake of the Federal Emergency Management Agency decision to deny funding to the New Jersey residents affected by the flooding last month, the N.J. Sierra Club said there needs to be buyouts for people on the Passaic River.

“The homes that constantly flood need to be purchased,” N.J. Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel said in a release.  “We should remove those houses and restore the flood plain.  In the long run this approach is cheaper for taxpayers, better for the environment, and better for the families next to the river.”

The Sierra Club said Friday it was the first time FEMA has denied funding to New Jersey. 

“FEMA did not consider the flood event major enough to be a disaster.  For the people who live along the Passaic River it is a disaster.” Tittel said.  “The impact on their homes, families, and lives is devastating.  The March flood was the second big flood they faced in little over a year.  These people should not be put through this type of disaster time and time again. The FEMA decision came at a time when people are still cleaning up from another flood that happened earlier this week.”

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Sierra Club criticizes FEMA decision; calls for buyouts of Passaic River properties