N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's administration today announced that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) awarded more than $51 million in grant money to the state for waterway debris removal in coastal storms affected by Superstorm Sandy.
An additional $2.3 million grant was awarded to Avon-By-The-Sea, a Monmouth County town with about 2,000 people, for the use of contractors to rebuild Sandy-damaged structures including the Avon boardwalk and seawall.
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The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection received federal funding, according to a news release, for the use of contractors for the loading, hauling, disposal and monitoring of Sandy debris throughout the state’s waterways.
Almost 60 homes were swept into Barnegat Bay and contractors and state officials have been removing cars, vessels, buildings, docks, boardwalks, furniture, and vegetative debris from tidal and coastal waterways up and down the state.
The total cost of the grants for waterway debris removal is $68.11 million. FEMA's share is $51.08 million for the NJ DEP. FEMA will also contribute $2.3 million to the $3.06-million project for Avon-By-The-Sea.
The grant is a Public Assistance grant and it reimburses local and county governments and some non profit organizations for eligible disaster-related costs.