Federal funds to buy out flood-prone homes in Sayreville approved

U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Jeff Chiesa (R-NJ) said in a joint statement Monday that more than $29.4 million in federal Sandy relief funds will go to the Department of Environmental Protection to acquire and demolish 129 flood-prone properties in Sayreville.

“This is most welcome relief for Sayreville residents who have been in harm’s way in flooding instances prior to Sandy, and who endured the devastating flooding Sandy wrought,” said Menendez.

“That’s why I am grateful for this much-needed Sandy relief that will enable individuals and families to rebuild their lives without the threat of dangerous flooding, as well as provide substantive flood mitigation for the Sayreville community. This is a great step forward in making New Jersey better and stronger that we were before the storm,” Chiesa said. “The ongoing costs associated with recovery and rebuilding are substantial. These funds will go a long way to making required improvements to avoid damage in flood-prone zones.”

The grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program.

Sections of Sayreville were particularly devastated by Superstorm Sandy, particularly around Weber Avenue. At a March town hall meeting, a Sayreville woman asked Christie about the status of the program. To view that video, click http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OrM_ODm7QfY

Federal funds to buy out flood-prone homes in Sayreville approved