Menendez, Booker Announce $10.8M in Federal Sandy Aid to Buyout Flood Prone Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $10,865,895 in federal Sandy relief grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance grant program to fund state and county efforts to buyout flood prone properties in Sayreville and Woodbridge in Middlesex County, and Manville in Somerset County.

“These grant awards will help protect residents and first responders from the hazards associated with repeated flooding, and keep our state on its path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy,” said Sen. Menendez.  “Much work is still left to do to rebuild and make our state more resilient two years after the storm.”

“More than two years after Sandy, many of our communities are still recovering and working to become more resilient to future storms and this additional funding is important to the overall recovery efforts,” said Sen. Booker.  “There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done and I will continue to ensure resources are made available.”

 

The specific grant awards follow:

·        $3,862,563         N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

To fund the acquisition and demolition of 98 additional flood prone properties in Woodbridge for a total of 187

·        $3,303,332         N.J. Department of Environmental Protection

To continue to acquisition and demolition of 196 flood prone properties in Sayreville and convert and maintain the land as open space in perpetuity

·        $3,700,000         Somerset County Acquisitions

To continue the acquisition and demolition of 104 flood prone properties in Manville

The President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law last year, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion.  The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.