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May-05-11 Mercer, Municipalities begin receiving Federal Dollars for Storm Costs
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County has begun receiving federal reimbursement money from a blizzard that crushed the region Dec. 26-27, 2010. The storm battered Mercer County with heavy snow, ice and wind, causing downed trees and power outages throughout the county.
President Barack Obama declared Mercer County one of 13 New Jersey counties eligible for federal disaster aid to supplement recovery, and upon that declaration, Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes directed the County’s Office of Emergency Management to aggressively gather damage reports. In the weeks following the storm that office worked closely with all 13 municipalities and other eligible agencies, and coordinated visits with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives. The storm damage assessments were compiled and submitted to the state.
“I’m grateful that President Obama recognized Mercer County was among the counties hardest hit by the blizzard,” Hughes reiterated. “On several occasions, Mercer County has successfully appealed to the federal government to assist us with storm cleanup costs, and we will continue to aggressively pursue eligibility for assistance or reimbursement in all areas.”
When FEMA arrived in the beginning of March to begin the recovery process, Mercer County immediately provided office space in its Emergency Operations Center to the representatives assigned to Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties, thereby saving FEMA from having to rent space elsewhere.
Together, Mercer County OEM, FEMA and the towns painstakingly itemized damages to determine qualified costs associated with protective measures and debris removal after Mercer County received a Presidential Disaster Declaration. Total eligible cost reimbursements are determined and then FEMA reimburses 75 percent of that amount.
Total amounts that have been granted or soon will be received amount to $1.2 million: