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Colonel Rick Fuentes Major Dennis McNulty
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Mary Goepfert (609) 963-6818 March 30, 2012

Christie Administration Announces $1.3 Million In Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

TRENTON, NJ – The Christie Administration today announced that New Jersey will receive over $1.3 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding for bulkhead and stormwater pump projects in Sea Bright.   The funds became available to the State as a result of the Presidential Disaster Declaration received for a Severe Winter Storm occurring in February of 2010.   The funds will be used for a new bulkhead, additional bulkhead repair and a submersible stormwater pump in the Monmouth County community, which was severely impacted during the event.

“We continue to focus on risk reduction measures throughout the state,” Colonel Rick Fuentes, State Police Superintendent and Director of the NJ Office of Emergency Management said.  “These projects will prevent flooding from the Shrewsbury River, a frequent hazard to homeowners and businesses in Sea Bright.  We have worked aggressively to adopt a smarter, long-term approach to disaster recovery and prevention efforts, with an eye toward breaking the cycle of recurring flooding and its associated expenses.  This grant will help the community of Sea Bright deal with disasters in a proactive manner.” 

Sea Bright experiences frequent flooding due to high tide events, storm events, or a combination of both.  The area is hit even harder with damages when a Nor'easter, heavy rain or other storm event (hurricane/tropical storm) passes through the area, The Federal share for this project is $1,373,964 with a total estimated cost of $1,831,952.  The local agency is providing the required match.

Last year, Governor Christie announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s approval of the 2011 New Jersey State Hazard Mitigation Plan. The approval enables the State to continue its future eligibility to receive FEMA disaster and hazard mitigation assistance for the residents of the state through 2014.

Floods have been and continue to be the most frequent, destructive, and costly natural hazard facing the State of New Jersey. The large majority of the State’s damage reported for major disasters is associated with floods. For more information about reducing risk from floods, visit www.ready.nj.gov or www.floodsmart.gov.





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