As NJ still recovers from Storm Ida, Murphy announces new funding

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NEW JERSEY – Governor Phil Murphy recently announced a $283 million funding pledge to help communities still recovering from Tropical Storm Ida, and also launched Disasterhelp.nj.gov, a website to help people to obtain funds and resources after future storms.

Just over a year ago, Tropical Storm Ida inundated New Jersey, killing at least 30 people.

The storm – which hit the region on the evening of September 1, 2021 – had been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical depression, but the rain was so sudden and constant that rivers overflowed, houses were destroyed and flooded town centers.

Murphy said that in addition to the more than $650 million already committed to response and recovery efforts, the administration will provide an additional $283 million to support newly established Ida recovery programs.

Murphy also released details of a new site, Disasterhelp.nj.gov, a one-stop website for navigating available federal and state storm recovery resources.

“As we remember the tragic storm that hit our state a year ago, we not only mourn what we lost that day, but reflect on what we have since gained in terms of knowledge, resources and renewed attention to the urgency of the climate crisis,” Murphy said of Hillsborough, a town that was hit hard by Ida.

The Murphy administration distributed state and federal funds for the following programs:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to households and individuals: more than $250 million
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans: more than $250 million
  • FEMA public assistance through the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to state and local governments: more than $56 million
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Buyout Program: $50 million
  • DEP Elevation Program: $30 million
  • New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Small Business Grants: $10.5 million
  • DEP Community Stormwater Assistance Grants: $10 million

“A year later, we are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Ida,” Rep. Tom Malinowski said. “But we are also becoming more resilient, with billions of new federal dollars to help affected residents and business owners, an infrastructure bill that supports flood projects, and now the biggest investment ever. never achieved in the fight against climate change?”

Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30. Track tropical storms here.

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