Menendez, Booker Announce $16M in Federal Funding for Sandy Recovery

Menendez, Booker Announce $16M in Federal Funding for Sandy Recovery

FEMA grants awarded to Woodbridge, Manville, Atlantic City, Passaic Valley Sewage Commission, Ocean City

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $15,977,695.39 in federal Sandy relief grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to continue buyouts of flood-prone properties in Woodbridge and Manville, repair damage to a Passaic Valley Sewage Commission facility, and make the Atlantic City Boardwalk and Ocean City community more resilient to future storms.

"This federal funding will provide critical support to local efforts to make their communities more resilient,” said Sen. Menendez. “While our state continues on its path to full recovery more than two-and-a-half years after Superstorm Sandy, we must recognize there is still much work to be done. I will keep fighting to ensure homeowners and local communities receive the resources they need to rebuild better, stronger and more prepared for future storms."

“This funding is another step forward in keeping our residents safe from future storms,” said Sen. Booker. “Buyouts of flood-prone homes are critical to New Jersey’s long-term recovery from Superstorm Sandy. These communities deserve every dollar they were promised, and I will continue to work to ensure FEMA lives up to their commitment to helping New Jerseyans fully recover."

The specific grant awards:

  • $3,862,563.00 to Woodbridge Township
    To further fund the acquisition and demolition of flood prone properties in Woodbridge, Middlesex County. This amendment includes an additional 98 properties for a total of 187
  • $3,700,000.00 to Borough of Manville
    To further fund the acquisition and demolition of 104 properties in order to mitigate flooding in Borough of Manville, Somerset County
  • $1,899,490.60 to the Passaic Valley Sewage Commission
    To replace contents and repair equipment in the filter press facility damaged as a result of flood damage to the basement and first floor of the facility during Superstorm Sandy. This project addresses additional damages identified to the contents and equipment. The completed work includes but is not limited to the removal and replacement of four sump pump control panels, ten conveyor slide gate cylinders, two exhaust fan motors, and various electrical components for the Filter Press. The contents replaced consist of various chains, wrenches, battery charges, circular saws, and platform trucks. The work to be completed will remove and rehabilitate sludge pumps, remove and replace oil pumps, filtrate pumps, switches, 488 lineal feet of pipe insulation, interior doors, pressure gages, a six foot glass door, seals, drive belts, temperature elements, gages, control panels, valves, outlets and various ancillary items located in the basement
  • $1,541,257.79 to Atlantic City
    To replace the boardwalk and ancillary facilities at the Maine Avenue Promenade damaged as a result Superstorm Sandy. The work involved includes but is not limited to the replacing of concrete piles, pile caps, beams, decking, aluminum handrails, electrical wiring and light poles . Atlantic City has requested and been approved to move this destroyed section of the boardwalk fifty feet inland from over water to behind the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers’ built seawall. Therefore cost effective mitigation is achieved through relocation. The section of boardwalk addressed in this project was either severely damaged or destroyed three times previously
  • $4,984,384.00 to Ocean City North Pump Station Project
    To fund improvements to the existing drainage system located between 1st and 8th Sts., from West Avenue to the bay bulkhead in Ocean City, to eliminate chronic nuisance flooding and reduce flood impacts to roads up to the ten-year storm level. The project consists of consolidating a drainage system and installing a pump station on 3rd St. between Haven and Simpson Aves. to assist in the discharge of rain water from 1st to 8th St. and from the bay bulkhead to Atlantic Ave

In 2013, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, 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.