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$9.2 Million in Sandy Relief Aid Approved for Belmar, Marlboro and State

Costs are primarily related to debris clean up following Hurricane Sandy.

Wednesday, three grants totalling more than $9.2 million were approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help cover the cost of public assistance and debris removal related to Hurricane Sandy.

The funding will be used to reimburse a significant percentage of costs incurred by Belmar and Marlboro Township as well as the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management. 

According to a release from Sen. Frank Lautenberg's office Wednesday afternoon, Belmar will receive $4,062,468 for emergency debris removal to clear roadways for emergency vehicles in the aftermath of Sandy.

The total cost of the shore town's public assistance project was $5.4 million.

Marlboro is slated to receive $1,665,172 for its approximately $2.2 million total cost of emergency debris removal.

"The removal of debris from our communities is one of the ways our residents psychologically recover and return to a sense of normalcy in their everyday lives after the storm," Gov. Chris Christie said in a release. "I thank FEMA for continuing to work with New Jersey’s communities and municipalities to quickly and safely undertake these cleanup efforts, not just in our streets, parks, and downtowns, but also in the front and back yards of our homes."

The funding approved for the state's OEM is $3.5 million and will reimburse the agency for disaster management and recovery coordination efforts after the storm. 

Lautenberg, a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee that funds FEMA, said in a release that this recent approval of funding is just the start. 

“These federal grants are an important start,  and now more than $60 billion in emergency federal recovery aid has been signed into law, New Jersey and the region will be able to move more quickly in rebuilding  and preparing for the next storm,” he said.

Of the $60.2 billion in Sandy aid, $11.48 billion is for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, which supports the grants announced today.

Ryan January 31, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Why should families get money?? It's not the taxpayers' responsibility to pay out people who didn't insure themselves properly! Why does everyone think that they deserve money from the gov't?? If you had a house and had damage/lost it, you should have been insured. If the insurance company isn't paying, why is that? Were you properly covered? Did you read the policy when you signed it? Are you trying to get them to pay for something that isn't in there? If you didn't have insurance, why should I have to pay for you to fix your home?
TerriLynn January 31, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Ryan, Not everyone that needs help to repair their homes didn't have insurance. Alot of us did have insurance, enough to cover the damages however, for flood insurance that money comes from FEMA, ultimately!!!!!! They aren't paying, the insurance companies aren't paying and we are being told by the townships that we have to raise our homes. Not all of us have that kind of money, even after being paid by the insurance companies. Was your house damaged? Were you affected by Sandy? Sounds like you weren't. You have NO idea how hard it is to recover and repair your home after a disaster that you are insured for and have to wait for the money. The insurance companies DEPRECIATE everything!!!!! so it doesn't matter how much you're insured for, you're not gonna get what you are insured for. I understand your point, but we are not asking for you to pay us, we are asking for the insurance companies and FEMA, what we pay in to the policies, to pay us. And if we are being forced to do something to our houses, FEMA, the state and/or the townships should chip in. Try living without a home, in a home with open walls and no heat, for months on end with no help or no end in sight....
Ryan February 01, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Terrilynn- no, but my father lost his home completely and I lost my house to a fire in May. I was underinsurred and got about 1/8th of what I lost... but I didn't go crying to the gov and expect others to pay for what I lost. My wife and I sucked it up and went back to work. I take fault at not having carried enough insurance. My father lost his home and was told by FEMA that they would give him a loan. His insurance paid him a small sum and he was forced to move to a retirement community. Again- didn't go looking to the taxpayers for a handout. People- you are not entitled to anything. Get off your asses and do something- stop looking to the rest of us to pay your way. If you are being forced to raise your home- should the gov chip in? Maybe, maybe not. You have a choice- leave. Sell the property. You made the choice to live there.
webby February 02, 2013 at 12:49 AM
I sure as hell do not want to pay 1 red cent for anything to do with houses on the beach.I do not have a beach house because of the cost.Why should I have to pay so these people can live on the beach! If Sandy got you either sell the property or suck it up as part of living right next to the ocean,but do not expect others to foot the bill!Why should the government give beach home owners anything?Pay for the repairs yourself!If you can not afford to then do what others who can not keep up with their house repairs do and that is sell.All the houses on the beach should be taken down and no building so close unless you really have the money to fix it yourself!
Jersey Girl March 18, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Ann marie houlis i agree 100 percent we are in the same situation. never miss a payment. lose everything. and they hold the flood insurance money. beside that where i am on the water in Toms River we get letters every other week to raise the house 4ft then 6ft.then we are in certain zones. how save our we that men in space suit cleaning out mold. then insurance tell you to stop cause we have to raise our house. and so much more we sick and devastated just like you. we lost it all and no money no anwers. if it were out of the United States you see how fast people get help. God Bless its frustrating and pathetic. take care

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