Wednesday, April 8, 2020

NJ to receive $28 million for repairs to seawall damaged in Superstorm Sandy

Seawall in Sea Bright, NJ.
Seawall in Sea Bright, NJ.
U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) recently announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide a grant of more than $28 million to repair the Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright seawall from Superstorm Sandy damage.

“The seawall in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach is the first line of defense against Mother Nature for these communities, protecting them from potential devastation caused by severe flooding,” Menendez said. “This federal funding will help ensure the seawall is rebuilt to safeguard residents and property from more prevalent and powerful Nor’easters and Atlantic storms threatening the Jersey Shore.”

The grant, which will go to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will provide 90 percent of the funding to complete the seawall project, a critical measure for protecting the coastal New Jersey communities from further damage in future storms.

“As we continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, I am pleased that FEMA recognizes the importance of our ongoing efforts,” Pallone said. “Repairing this seawall is essential to protecting Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright when the next storm hits, and grants like this one are vital to reducing the burden our local governments face in the recovery progress. We fought hard in Congress for the Sandy aid package, and with the help of FEMA, we have an opportunity to improve our public infrastructure so it is stronger and can withstand future storms.”

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