Lautenberg, Menéndez Piden al Presidente que Otorguen Rapidamente la Declaración de Desastre que Provee Fondos Federales para la Recuperación del Huracán Irene

Lautenberg, Menéndez Piden al Presidente que Otorguen Rapidamente la Declaración de Desastre que Provee Fondos Federales para la Recuperación del Huracán Irene

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Los senadores federales Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) y Robert Menéndez (D-NJ) hoy pidieron al Presidente Obama que acelere la aprobación de la solicitud de la declaración de zona de desastre en el estado de Nueva Jersey relacionada a los daños sostenidos por el huracán Irene. Una vez que se declara la zona de desastre, la ayuda federal de emergencia para individuos, negocios y los gobiernos locales y estatales pueden ser acezados para la recuperación y la reconstrucción de las zonas afectadas.

"La destrucción llevará a severas dificultades y los costos serán tan grandes que muchos residentes no podrán reconstruir sus vidas por si solos. Además, el huracán Irene causó enormes daños a la infraestructura pública como carreteras, puentes, parques públicos e instalaciones de gobierno, y los gobiernos locales enfrentarán grandes retos cuando puedan darse a la tarea de la reconstrucción," dijeron los Senadores. "Dada la severa naturaleza del huracán y los daños, pedimos que usted otorgue inmediatamente una Declaración de Desastre Mayor para Nueva Jersey y acelere la recuperación federal y la ayuda para la reconstrucción."

El texto de la carta está incluido debajo y la carta al Presidente Obama se puede ver haciendo clic aquí here:

August 30, 2011

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write to request that you immediately grant a Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey in response to Hurricane Irene, which hit the state beginning on August 27, 2011. In addition, following such a declaration, we request that you expedite the distribution of federal recovery aid to our state. The storm caused record flooding and massive devastation throughout New Jersey, and our residents, businesses and the state and local communities need immediate federal support to help rebuild from the disaster.

Flood levels reached record highs throughout the state and strong winds and severe rain led to widespread power outages and flooding. Entire towns have been engulfed by flood waters, roads are closed, and lives have been lost. Rainfall totals during the hurricane reached high levels, which on top of an already saturated ground caused by recent storms, created extensive flooding and new damage. Nearly all of the rivers across our state have reached historic river crests.

Homes, businesses and personal property have received significant damage. The destruction will lead to severe hardship and the costs will be so great that many residents will not be able to rebuild their lives on their own. In addition, Hurricane Irene caused extensive damage to public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, public parks and government facilities, and local governments will face enormous challenges as they try to rebuild.

Given the severe nature of the hurricane and the extent of the damage, we ask that you immediately grant a Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey and expedite federal recovery and rebuilding aid. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request and we look forward to your prompt action in addressing this important issue. ###