Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $1.6 million for Cranford School Damaged by Hurricane Irene

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce $1.6 million for Cranford School Damaged by Hurricane Irene

Washington - U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide $1.6 million to reimburse Cranford Township for emergency repairs for an elementary school damaged by Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

When Hurricane Irene struck New Jersey, the Rahway River overflowed in Cranford Township, causing extensive flood damage at nearby Brookside Elementary School, where flood waters reached up to two feet. These funds will reimburse the township for repairs made following the hurricane, including flood water removal and remediation, repairs for damaged pipes and walls, and restoration of damaged items inside the school.

"Hurricane Irene left a path of destruction across New Jersey and recovering from this natural disaster placed aheavy burden on Cranford and other local communities,"said Senator Lautenberg,Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA."I worked to provide FEMA withfunding to help local communities recover and I'm pleased that Cranford is receiving this federal money for repairs to Brookside Elementary School."

"The well-being of our children comes first,"said Senator Menendez who sent a letter to President Obama in support of the Hurricane Irene disaster declaration. "That's why Cranford public school leaders moved quickly in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene to fix local facilities so that the education and development of our kids wouldn't be disrupted.And that's why I am pleased this grant will reimburse them for this important repair work."

As Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds FEMA, Senator Lautenberg led the fight to secure $7.1 billion for FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund, which reimburses local governments and individuals for storm damage repairs. In September, 2011, shortly after Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey, Senator Lautenberg fought to include$6 billionin a Senate emergency fund bill. Following passage of the bill in the Senate, Lautenberg worked during negotiations on the bill with the House of Representatives to increase the total to $7.1 billion. The bill was signed into law in December 2011.