Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $4 Million To Brick Township For Sandy Response Efforts

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that Brick Township will receive more than $4 million in federal funding to help cover costs related to Superstorm Sandy recovery. The funding, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will reimburse the township for emergency response costs incurred after the storm and cover repair costs at public utility facilities. “When Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, local governments acted without hesitation to aid local residents, and this federal funding will help ease the costs of recovery for Brick Township,” said Lautenberg, the Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds FEMA. “This federal reimbursements is a start, but there is much more to be done to help communities across New Jersey rebuild. We are working in the Senate this week to quickly pass a strong disaster aid bill and ensure that New Jersey is better prepared for the next storm.” “When Superstorm Sandy struck our shores, first responders and other public employees in towns such as Brick Township rushed to aid residents and begin the long recovery process. This funding will help Brick Township recoup some of the cost of those efforts,” said Senator Menendez. “Hopefully, Congress will come together this week to provide the $60.4 billion our region desperately need to rebuild and come back even stronger than they were before the storm.” The Township of Brick will receive two grants from FEMA totaling more than $4 million for reimbursement of the following recovery costs: Brick Township: $1,426,008.05 After Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, Brick Township deployed 125 police officers for four weeks to help local residents recover from the storm. Additionally, 90 public works employees worked to clear roadways, Police and National Guard officials set up checkpoints to protect residents from hazardous areas, and call centers and temporary medical facilities were established to respond to residents’ needs. Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority: $2,625,000 Sandy’s storm surge damaged all 26 pump stations operated by the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority, including 10 stations that flooded. Last week, Senator Lautenberg announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a $60.4 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill in response to Superstorm Sandy. The legislation includes federal resources to rebuild and improve New Jersey’s beaches and transit system; repair roads, bridges, and infrastructure; and help residents, homeowners, businesses, and local governments recover. The bill is being considered in the Senate this week. ###

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