Plainfield Receives $1.1 Million From FEMA For Sandy Cleanup

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg (left) and Robert Menendez (right)

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Plainfield is one of four New Jersey municipalities who will share $8.3 million from the first round of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance funding to reimburse local governments for debris removal completed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

“This federal emergency funding will help reduce the cost burden on local governments that rose to the occasion and acted without hesitation to keep families and neighborhoods safe,” said U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ.) “This funding is a good start, but we have a long way to go in ensuring that every affected New Jersey community gets the support necessary to cover their costs and rebuild. We will continue working with the state and federal governments on behalf of New Jersey’s cities and towns.”

“When super storm Sandy hit, our local communities did exactly what we expect from government – they moved swiftly to protect its citizens,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ.) “This federal funding will help reimburse our local governments for the emergency work they’ve already done and we will continue working every day to make sure every community impacted is not just reimbursed, but has the resources they need to fully recover and rebuild.”

FEMA is reimbursing local governments for the following debris removal costs:

  • $1,125,000 for Plainfield
  • $3,937,500 for Manalapan
  • $1,668,150 for Little Silver
  • $1,582,350 for Keansburg

These Public Assistance grants are awarded by FEMA on a rolling basis after receiving applications from the state, which coordinates the process with local governments. These grants are the first of more rounds of municipal FEMA reimbursements to be announced.

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