Long Branch, NJ – Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced $2,166,337.45 in new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to reimburse Sayreville for emergency protective measures to clean sewers, perform search and rescue operations, evacuations and secure temporary facilities for facilities destroyed or damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy.
“Communities were required to front unanticipated costs to keep residents safe before and after the storm, but they shouldn’t have to bear the entire burden of the cost,” said Pallone. “I know that this funding will go a long way to help Sayreville recover from this historic storm.”
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Sayreville mobilized staff and equipment to protect citizens and facilities. Utility staff in the town worked to ensure that water and sewer service was not compromised. Police officers barricaded hazardous or flooded areas, assisted in search and rescue operations, participated in evacuations and directed traffic where traffic lights were down. This funding will reimburse the town for overtime paid to municipal employees as well as material costs, such as meals, shelter and fuel for generators. Shelter was provided for approximately 150 displaced residents for 10 days with roughly 4,500 meals served to them during that time. Fuel was provided for stationary generators and chain saws, and gloves, boots, extension cords, and batteries were purchased.