Smith Secures Clean Up Help

Congressman Chris Smith: FEMA OK’s 90% Reimbursements For Towns Hit By Superstorm Sandy

By Art Gallagher | MoreMonmouthMusings.com

Chris SmithFEMA will be reimbursing New Jersey towns impacted by Superstorm Sandy 90% of their cleanup and rebuilding costs, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ4) announced on Tuesday evening.

The approval will provide an immediate and additional $262 million for already obligated funding and it will cover all additional local government approved funding. Funds will cover: Public Assistance Grant emergency work and permanent work including debris removal; emergency protective measures; road systems and bridges; water control facilities; buildings; contents and equipment; utilities, and; parks.

Smith met with FEMA highest official, Administrator Craig Fugate, on June 6 to press for the increase and discuss FEMA’s ongoing New Jersey flood recovery efforts. Fugate told Smith that he expected and would recommend moving to a 90-10 federal share for FEMA funding.

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