PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Federal disaster assistance for Hunterdon County, funding a portion of the repair, restoration and replacement of public facilities damaged in the wake of Hurricane Floyd, has been expanded. The county, previously designated eligible for federal assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures and individual assistance, now qualifies for the full spectrum of federal assistance for infrastructure. The expanded federal assistance became available Nov. 9 and will be facilitated by an upcoming briefing of county public officials.
Damage inspection teams are now ready to go into the field according to a joint announcement from Lt. Ed O'Neil, state coordinating officer, and Peter Martinasco, federal coordinating officer for the disaster recovery effort.
To assist public agencies in applying for funding, O'Neil said a briefing will be scheduled later to explain in detail the procedures to follow when applying for federal disaster assistance in the recovery efforts of local communities.
Nine New Jersey counties so far have been designated eligible for such infrastructure assistance under presidential disaster declaration. The counties included in the amended declaration are: Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Union and Somerset.
With the disaster declaration, affected local governments in these counties are eligible to apply for federal assistance to fund 75 percent of the approved costs for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and repairing, restoring or replacing damaged public facilities. Disaster assistance also may be provided to repair, restore and replace facilities owned by certain private non-profit organizations that operate and maintain educational, utility, emergency, medical, custodial care and other essential governmental service facilities.