WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided more than $35 million through its Severe Repetitive Loss Program for flood mitigation projects in New Jersey.

The funding will be used for voluntary buyouts of eligible homes, and to elevate homes where the lowest floor is below the Base Flood Elevation.  Funding has also been provided to the state’s Office of Emergency Management and Department of Environmental Protection to assess flooding in high-risk flood areas throughout the state.   

“This funding will ensure that New Jersey homeowners are given the help they need to prepare for floods, in order to mitigate the damage caused by future disasters and most importantly, save lives.  Hurricane Irene and the other severe rain storms this summer have illustrated yet again how vulnerable New Jersey is to flooding.  That is why I am proud to have secured this $35 million in funding which will be used to elevate homes, perform voluntary buy-outs of properties that have been repeatedly flooded, and help the state develop a comprehensive way to reduce the damage caused by floods.  Our approach is simple: we must not only help communities recover from natural disasters, we must help them prepare for future ones,” said Senator Menendez.

“New Jersey families are tired of repairing home damages following heavy rain storms and they need relief,” said Senator Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security which funds this FEMA program.  “These grants will provide funding for home buyouts and elevation projects in some of the most hard hit communities.  This is an investment that targets the most severely affected communities so that the lives and livelihoods of New Jerseyans aren’t on the line every time we have a bad storm.”

FEMA has provided flood mitigation funding for the following projects

 ·      $6.6 million for voluntary home buyouts in Lincoln Park

 ·      $4.5 million to elevate homes in Lincoln Park

·      $5.6 million to elevate homes in Little Falls

·      $4.9 million for voluntary home buyouts in Pequannock

·      $4.6 million to elevate homes in Pompton Lakes

·      $3.5 million for voluntary home buyouts in Harmony

·      $1,045,238 for voluntary home buyouts in Fairfield

·      $2.7 million for the N.J. Office of Emergency Management to administer Severe Repetitive Loss Program grants

·      $1.5 million for the state Department of Environmental Protection to conduct flood study and risk assessment in Morris, Hudson, Essex, Union, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester and Camden Counties