New Jersey Congressional Delegation Urges President To Send Statewide Federal Aid For Flood

New Jersey Congressional Delegation Urges President To Send Statewide Federal Aid For Flood

Washington - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), along with the New Jersey House delegation, have sent a letter to President Bush urging him to expand the federal disaster declaration to cover the entire state. Yesterday, FEMA issued a declaration for six New Jersey counties to help individuals recover from rampant flooding and other damage caused by the recent storm that has ravaged the state. The letter points to the damage in other areas of New Jersey as a reason for a statewide declaration. The lawmakers also call for quick approval of statewide public disaster assistance, in addition to the assistance already available for individuals in the six counties.

The delegation had previously sent letters to the President urging him to issue an official federal disaster declaration so that local governments would be eligible to receive federal grants to repair damage caused by storms. To see the letter sent on Monday, April 16, visit: http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=272453. To see the letter sent on Friday, April 20, visit: http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=272798&.

The flood, which left an estimated 5,000 evacuated from their homes and 40,000 people without power, was caused by the most rainfall in New Jersey since 1882. Acting-Governor Richard Codey announced that New Jersey had suffered $180 million in damage to both public and private property.

To view a copy of the third letter, which urges a statewide declaration, visit: http://menendez.senate.gov/pdf/3rdBushdisasterletter2007.pdf

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