Obama Approves Federal Aid For Passaic County Flooding

8 04 2010

Washinton D.C.-President Barack Obama has approved federal aid for 12 New Jersey counties hardest hit by last month’s flooding.

The disaster declaration issued Friday makes funding available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency for people and business owners in Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset and Union counties.

That aid can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the March 12 nor’easter.

In a statement Saturday, the state’s two senators, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, applauded the president’s quick response to the devastating flooding throughout the state, calling it “an important step” toward recovery from the recent storms that destroyed roadways, closed businesses and damaged homes.

Residents an business owners who sustained damage during the storm can begin applying for assistance immediately.

Federal funding also will be available to state and eligible local governments and also some private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding.

(News Source: NJ. com)

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