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New Milford to Receive $1.2 Million From FEMA for Voluntary Home Buyouts from Damage During Hurricane Irene

FEMA will provide more than $21 million through its Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for flood mitigation projects throughout New Jersey.

Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced Tuesday that FEMA has made earmarked more than $21 million in grant money for flood mitigation projects in New Jersey. 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding for the voluntary buyouts or elevations of homes that have suffered severe flood damage due to Irene and other storms.

This federal grant will be supported by a $7 million match from state and local governments, bringing the total to more than $28 million to directly assist New Jersey families in the state’s hardest hit communities.

Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds this FEMA grant program said in a statement, “As we work on long-term flood solutions, these federal funds will prevent damage to the most flood-prone residents and create needed open space. We will continue to fight for federal funds for disaster relief programs to help protect New Jerseyans from future floods.”

FEMA will provide $1.2 million for voluntary home buyouts in New Milford and $1.5 million in Westwood. 

In a statement released Tuesday, Menendez said, “This funding will help ensure that New Jersey homeowners who are vulnerable to floods have the tools they need to prepare for future disasters."

"It’s not only cost effective to prepare for floods on the front end, rather than do damage control after, but it can save lives and preventable hardships. I’ll continue to work to secure funding to protect New Jersey’s flood-prone homes.”

JD March 03, 2012 at 12:30 PM
On a related problem that affects the flooding situation, I have heard that the Hackensack River by New Milford is much swallower than it was 40-50 years ago due to the silt buildup, and at one time dredging the river was considered by the Army Corps of Engineers, but deemed too expensive. Does anyone know anything about this? Thanks.
Ulises March 05, 2012 at 01:17 AM
JD, I don't know but dredging would help. During low tide you can really see what's at the bottom; such as huge fallen trees, limbs, construction lumber and I've witnessed, in certain areas, over two feet of silt build up in the last five years - this doesn't help the flood prone neighborhoods. Although, during high tide it can be beautiful at times; lots of fishing, bird watching, but beware of the huge snapping turtles if you fall in.... Here's a video of the river my neighbor took a few years ago; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exjdx5sIzjA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
lynden day March 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Just a thought If you live in the past you have no future but if you learn from the past you can create a better future
lynden day March 05, 2012 at 01:30 AM
JUST A THOUGHT IF YOU LIVE IN THE PAST YOU HAVE NO FUTURE IF YOU LEARN FROM THE PAST YOU CAN CREATE A BETTER FUTURE
Ulises March 05, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Some see things as they are and ask why, when we should dream things that never were and say why not?

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