NEW JERSEY – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) today announced $5,601,686.52 in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support debris removal and structural repairs as a result of damages caused by Hurricane Ida. Last year, Hurricane Ida slammed New Jersey, causing widespread damage and claiming the lives of 30 individuals.
“Hurricane Ida caused historic flash flooding, tornadoes and record rainfall across the state,” Menendez said. “I appreciate the Biden Administration’s quick response and ensuring New Jersey has the resources to rebuild. As severe storms become more prevalent, I’ll continue fighting to make sure our state is prepared, more resilient, and has the federal resources to quickly respond.”
“When natural disasters strike, it’s crucial we come together to help communities rebuild,” Booker said. “This federal funding will help our state make necessary repairs to damage caused by Hurricane Ida and move us closer to full recovery.”
Somerset County was awarded $4,039,628.81 in reimbursement funds for debris removal across the county. Maplewood Township, located in Essex County, was awarded $1,562,057.71 to make repairs to Memorial Library, which experienced severe flooding due to the storm. The township’s library had damage to its roof, radiators, flooring, electrical system, gas meters, and steel wall supports.
After Sens. Menendez and Booker led the entire congressional delegation in a letter urging President Biden to approve Governor Phil Murphy’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration, 10 counties were approved, unlocking additional federal funding for repairs and recovery. They also applauded President Biden when he issued an Emergency Declaration after the senators pushed for swift federal action.
Sen. Menendez also visited a Red Cross shelter in Paterson and called for greater federal aid for flood ravaged parts of the state. Sens. Menendez and Booker joined the state’s entire congressional delegation in urging Congressional leaders to pass an emergency disaster supplemental bill to rebuild homes, businesses and infrastructure affected by the storm.