Essex County was initially missing from the list of New Jersey counties eligible for FEMA relief after Hurricane Ida, but a tour of the area has changed that, says Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
“Essex County was one of the hardest hit areas. Hurricane Ida, with her unprecedented rainfall and flooding, upended the lives of our families and devasted our local businesses,” says DiVincenzo. “Becoming eligible for disaster relief is welcome news for those who have been salvaging what they can, working to clean up and preparing to rebuild. I appreciate FEMA sending their team to survey the damage throughout Essex and see the areas affected by the storm. Thank you to Governor Phil Murphy, Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and our Congressional Representatives, Donald Payne, Jr., Mikie Sherrill, Tom Malinowski and Albio Sires for their strong and vocal advocacy on behalf of Essex.”
“Mayor Spiller and I were just with Governor Murphy, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and Congressman Payne, who shared the terrific news that Essex County has been approved for FEMA aid,” says Montclair Councilor at Large Peter Yacobellis, who thanked Murphy, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, Essex County Commissioners, Congress Members Sherrill and Payne, Mayor Spiller and his colleagues for their advocacy. “This is something our colleagues and all of us have been advocating for, for the last nine days. The boundaries of flooding have been altered as a result of more intense storms from climate change and some poor regional development decisions that compromised or didn’t concern itself enough with ground permeability; causing more storm water runoff than ever before. These issues need to be looked at both holistically and long term so that we’re designing a future where impacts aren’t so devastating.”
Please visit www.fema.gov/disaster/4614 for more information on how to apply for assistance.