Menendez Pledges To Help Families, Local Governments Secure Emergency Assistance After Devastating Weekend Nor'Easter

Menendez Pledges To Help Families, Local Governments Secure Emergency Assistance After Devastating Weekend Nor'Easter

In order to help protect against future flooding, Menendez has already helped garner more than $38 million in federal funding this year for prevention projects

Washington - With this weekend's Nor'Easter resulting in widespread flooding and downed trees, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today said that his constituent service operation is assisting affected New Jersey families. Members of Menendez's office can help individuals get in touch with their local Office of Emergency Management. In the case that a federal disaster declaration that extends to individuals is eventually made, Menendez's office would be able to help families contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency to apply for individual assistance.

Menendez also said that he stands ready to support local government requests to secure emergency federal assistance. His office has been in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which indicated that it is monitoring the affects of the storm and will conduct quick disaster assessments when requested.

In addition to any emergency assistance that might be necessary to recover from this storm, Menendez highlighted more than $38 million in federal funding he helped secure for New Jersey this year alone, which will help prevent and minimize damage from future floods when the projects are complete.

"Many thousands of our New Jersey neighbors are dealing with rising water and fallen trees in and around their homes," said Menendez. "These can be tough economic challenges that in some cases will last long after the water has receded and the debris has been cleared. My office stands ready to help families, local emergency agencies and the state tap into the available resources that they deem necessary to advance the recovery process. My office is in contact with FEMA, and we have confirmed that it is standing ready to conduct quick disaster assessments when requested.

"Because areas of our state are continually susceptible to flooding, I have fought for and secured tens of millions of dollars from the federal government for projects that, when completed, will help prevent and minimize damage from future floods. I will continue to fight for federal investments like those in the future."

New Jersey families that seek assistance can contact Menendez's office in the following ways:

• Newark office - 973-645-3030
• Barrington office - 856-757-5353
• Online: menendez.senate.gov - click on "Contact the Senator"

FY2010 federal funding for flood control, prevention and mitigation projects in New Jersey:

From the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (supported by Senators Menendez and Lautenberg):

• $33 million for the Army Corps of Engineers, Flood Damage Reduction Project Raritan River, Green Brook Sub-Basin. This will fully fund the Sebrings Mills Bridge raising contract, the South Main Street Closure Gate contract, and the NJ Transit Right-of-Way Closure Gate contract.

FY2010 Appropriations, requested and secured by Senators Menendez and Lautenberg:

• Army Corps of Engineers, Passaic River Basin Flood Management, New Jersey -- $5,000,000
• Delaware River Basin Commission, Delaware River Basin Enhanced Flood Warning System -- $200,000
• Army Corps of Engineers, Passaic River Flood Warning System -- $526,000

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