Menendez And Lautenberg Applaud President Obama For Disaster Declaration Related To February Blizzard

Menendez And Lautenberg Applaud President Obama For Disaster Declaration Related To February Blizzard

Declaration frees up emergency federal funding for eight NJ counties

Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank Lautenberg today applauded President Obama for approving a federal disaster declaration related to the massive snow storms that hit large parts of the state beginning on February 5, 2010. The declaration frees up emergency federal funding to reimburse state emergency management agencies and for recovery and rebuilding programs. The request covers eight counties that received, in some cases, more than two feet of snow: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.

Menendez and Lautenberg had urged the president to approve the declaration request in a March 11 letter: http://menendez.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/20100311ltr_DisasterDeclaration.pdf

"We applaud President Obama for recognizing the extent of the blizzard, the economic damage it left in New Jersey communities and the need to make these resources available on an emergency basis," said the senators in a joint statement. "This will help the economy in the affected communities rebound as soon and fully as possible. While we welcome this opportunity to help our communities recover, it is clear that New Jersey neighborhoods, families and businesses will need additional assistance to recover from the rain storms that recently flooded communities across the state. As the damage assessment continues, we stand ready to work with the state for more disaster relief."


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