Menendez, Booker Announce $7.8M for NJ Storm Resiliency, Flood Mitigation Projects

Menendez, Booker Announce $7.8M for NJ Storm Resiliency, Flood Mitigation Projects

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $7,770,212 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund storm resiliency and flood mitigation efforts in South River, Wildwood and Strathmere. 

“These grants will help bring our state one step closer to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy, while protecting our communities and vital infrastructure from the threat of future storms and flooding,” said Sen. Menendez.  “These federal investments are critical to ensuring New Jersey and its residents are stronger, more resilient and better prepared for when disaster strikes.”

“Hurricane Sandy underscored the critical importance of investing in the strength and resiliency of New Jersey communities and the need to mitigate against future disasters,” said Sen. Booker.  “Our families deserve to have the peace of mind that they are out of harm’s way when disaster strikes, and federal resources like this take an important step in that direction.”

The specific grant awards:

  • $4,151,057 – N.J.  Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Blue Acres Buyout Program (South River, Middlesex)

To fund 100% of the cost to acquire, demolish, and return to natural function of 15 additional properties beyond the original 77 flood-prone properties in South River following Superstorm Sandy.  Thereafter, the land will be maintained as open space in perpetuity.  The revised Total Project Cost approved is now $19,377,281.00 for 92 flood prone properties.

  • $1,993,905 – Cape May County - Ocean Drive CR-619 Flood Control Mitigation Project (Strathmere, Cape May)

To fund 75% of the cost to extend an existing revetment wall along the east side of the County Road CR-619 "Ocean Drive" just north of the Corson's Inlet Bridge.  This area is susceptible to water inundation, including from Superstorm Sandy, resulting in road closure disabling the ability for emergency services to promptly respond to the Strathmere section of Upper Township.  The revetment wall would protect and reduce future damage and roadway interruptions. 

  • $1,625,250 – Grassy Sound Channel Storm Water Pump Station and Emergency Generator (Wildwood, Cape May)

To fund 75% of the cost to construct a storm water pump station at the northwest corner of Susquehanna and Rio Grande Avenue (Route 47), and install storm water drainage pipes along Rio Grande Avenue and Susquehanna Avenue and a permanent backup natural gas-fired generator to power the pump station in response to flooding that occurred in Wildwood during a Spring 2010 storm.  

In 2013, President Obama 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.