The Christie Administration announced today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded more than $14 million in Public Assistance grants for Superstorm Sandy recovery, repair and rebuilding. Grants were awarded to the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority, as well as the municipalities of Belmar, Lavallette and Newark.
The Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority will use its funding to repair three sewerage facilities that sustained flood damage as a result of Sandy, including floors, ceilings, and walls, electrical and mechanical pump equipment including controls, motors, meters, valves, and circuits, and the fire alarm systems.
Belmar will use its grant for the use of contractors working on the replacement of the town’s boardwalk destroyed by the Superstorm. Lavallette is utilizing its funding for its use of force account and contracts to repair damaged electrical distribution facilities. Newark will use its grant for Emergency Protective Measures that include search and rescue operations, evacuations and securing temporary facilities for destroyed or damaged facilities.
The recipients, total project costs and FEMA grant amounts are as follows:
· Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority: The total cost of the grant is $1.49 million. FEMA’s share of the cost is $1.34 million.
· Belmar (Monmouth County): The total cost of the grant is $10.3 million. FEMA’s share of the cost is $9.24 million.
· Lavallette (Ocean County): The total cost of the grant is $2.6 million. FEMA’s share of the cost is $2.34 million.
· Newark (Essex County): The total cost of the grant is $1.36 million. FEMA’s share of the cost is $1.23 million.
Public Assistance reimburses local and county governments and certain nonprofit organizations for eligible disaster-related costs including emergency protective measures, debris removal and public infrastructure repair or replacement costs.