Senators Announce $1.6 Million For Cranford School Damaged By Hurricane Irene

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WASHINGTON, D.C. ā€“ The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide $1.6 million to reimburse Cranford Township for emergency repairs for an elementary school damaged by Hurricane Irene in August 2011, U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today.

When Hurricane Irene struck New Jersey, the Rahway River overflowed in Cranford Township, causing extensive flood damage at nearby Brookside Elementary School, where flood waters reached up to two feet. These funds will reimburse the township for repairs made following the hurricane, including floodwater removal and remediation, repairs for damaged pipes and walls, and restoration of damaged items inside the school.

“Hurricane Irene left a path of destruction across New Jersey and recovering from this natural disaster placed a heavy burden on Cranford and other local communities,” said Lautenberg, Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA. “I worked to provide FEMA with funding to help local communities recover and Iā€™m pleased that Cranford is receiving this federal money for repairs to Brookside Elementary School.”

“The well-being of our children comes first,” said Menendez who sent a letter to President Obama in support of the Hurricane Irene disaster declaration. “That’s why Cranford public school leaders moved quickly in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene to fix local facilities so that the education and development of our kids wouldn’t be disrupted. And that’s why I am pleased this grant will reimburse them for this important repair work.”

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