Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $4.5 Million to Reimburse Toms River for Superstorm Sandy Response

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced more than $4.5 million in federal funding to reimburse Toms River for its response to Superstorm Sandy. The funding is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance program. “When Superstorm Sandy hit Toms River, local officials and first responders rushed in to protect and aid its residents. This federal funding will help to ensure that Toms River isn’t overwhelmed by the costs of responding to Superstorm Sandy and the town can continue its work to rebuild stronger,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. “As New Jersey continues to recover, we’ll keep fighting to provide federal resources for cities and towns across the state.” “Superstorm Sandy brought unprecedented challenges to New Jersey communities like Toms River, and there are still many challenges to face as the work toward recovery continues,” said Senator Menendez, who helped lead the New Jersey delegation’s fight for federal Sandy relief. “Federal reimbursements for costs associated with the initial response to Superstorm Sandy are critical to our state’s overall recovery. I will continue fighting for the federal resources we need to help all New Jersey communities rebuild even better and stronger than before the storm.” During Sandy, Toms River worked to provide safety and security for residents of the town, where 7,000 homes were damaged or destroyed. The federal government is providing $4,541,442 to reimburse Toms River for expenses incurred when the town cleared roads, barricaded hazardous areas, evacuated stranded people, and protected the public from hazards such as downed power lines and washed out roads. In addition, the funding will help cover costs for an emergency operations center established to direct operations and maintain security of damaged neighborhoods. In January, the President signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure. Public Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments. ###

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