FEMA OKs 3 more counties for disaster aid; provides $28M to acquire flood-ravaged properties

TRENTON  – The Federal Emergency Management Agency  has approved Bergen, Middlesex and Passaic Counties for federal disaster reimbursement for  damages related to the severe storm that hit New Jersey on Oct. 29.

Also, New Jersey will receive $28 million in FEMA funding to acquire approximately 95 properties in flood-ravaged areas in the northern and central part of the state as a result of heavy rains from Hurricane Irene on Aug. 27 to Sept. 5.

The governor’s office reported today that eight communities will receive funding including six located in the Passaic River Basin, in Essex, Morris and Passaic Counties as well as two communities in Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

Regarding the adding of Bergen, Middlesex and Passaic to the reimbursement list, Christie said: “Now, Bergen, Middlesex and Passaic Counties can fully recover from one of the most intense early season storms that our state has experienced in recent years.”

On Dec. 1, FEMA approved the counties of of Cape May, Essex, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren for aid.

The state, county and local governments, and certain eligible private nonprofit organizations can apply for assistance on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storm. New Jersey Office of Emergency Management officials are scheduling meetings for the newly designated counties regarding the application process.

Property acquisition

“Buying out flood-prone properties is a key component of the Commission’s realistic package of recommendations,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, who chaired the Flood Advisory Commission. “There are no silver bullets, but we’re starting to make tangible progress toward reducing and mitigating flood impacts on New Jersey residents and businesses.”

The communities included in this phase of property buyouts have experienced major flood events over a period of years. Seventy-five percent of the cost of the acquisitions is funded by FEMA with a 25 percent match for each project funded from DEP’s Blue Acres Program. The homeowner’s participation in an acquisition measure is voluntary.

The following flood mitigation projects have been approved:

  • $6,277,681 to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the acquisition of approximately 56 residences in Wayne Township, Passaic County (Total Estimated Project cost: $8,370,241; the DEP Green Acres program will provide the non-federal share)
  • $4,134,889 to the Borough of Lincoln Park, Morris County for the acquisition of approximately 18 residences along the Pompton River (Total Estimated Project cost: $ 5,513,186)
  • $3,848,204 to the Township of Pequannock, Morris County, for the acquisition of approximately 15 residences along the Pompton River (Total Estimated Project cost: $5,130,938)
  • $3,149,867 to the Borough of Pompton Lakes, Passaic County, for the acquisition of approximately 13 residences along the Pompton River (Total Estimated Project cost: $4,199,822)
  • $3,098,410 to the Township of Fairfield, Essex County, for the acquisition of approximately 12 residences along the Passaic River (Total Estimated Project cost: $4,131,214)
  • $2,944,041 to the Township of Little Falls, Passaic County, for the acquisition of approximately 15 residences along the Passaic River (Total Estimated Project cost: $3,925,388)
  • $2,888,909 to the Borough of Manville, Somerset County, for the acquisition of approximately 13 residences along the Millstone River (Total Estimated Project cost: $3,851,879)
  • $1,929,615 to the Borough of Middlesex, Middlesex County, for the acquisition of approximately 7 residences along the Raritan River (Total Estimated Project cost: $2,572,820)

 

FEMA OKs 3 more counties for disaster aid; provides $28M to acquire flood-ravaged properties