LOCAL LAWMAKERS SEEK FEDERAL AID FOLLOWING STORM DAMAGE

Senator Jeff Van Drew, Assemblyman Matt Milam and Assemblyman Nelson Albano (all D-Cumberland/Cape May/Atlantic) sent a letter to Governor Christie asking that he request federal disaster assistance for the South Jersey region – particularly, Cumberland County – to offset cleanup costs associated with the April 16 storm that battered the area.

The lawmakers said the storm was the worst to hit the Delaware Bay region in decades and damages in Downe, Maurice River and Commercial townships are estimated to be in the millions of dollars. In the hardest hit area of Gandys Beach alone, damages are expected to cost more than $1 million.

“County and municipal emergency workers have done a tremendous job responding to this crisis, and stabilization and cleanup work is ongoing. However, we will need help from the federal government in order to help pay for damages and the unexpected costs of the storm recovery,” the lawmakers wrote. “To this end, I respectfully ask that you issue a request for federal disaster aid to help offset these costs in the southern New Jersey region. This request is critical because, without this aid, we will risk imposing an additional undue burden on our residents, who are already struggling to remain afloat in this economy.”