MIDDLETOWN, NJ-Federal and state records show that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has sent nearly $400 million to the Garden State in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Damage estimates in New Jersey from Hurricane Sandy have been pegged at nearly $37 billion.
About $332 million sent by the agency went toward home repairs and temporary housing, according to a report in the Star Ledger. Approximately $28 million of the $64 million sent by FEMA for public entities went to the state Department of Human Services, which reimbursed itself for “micro-city” shelters in Linden and Monmouth Park in Oceanport, said Nicole Brossoie, human services spokeswoman.
The so-called “tent-city” shelters housed thousands of displaced New Jersey residents and emergency workers from out of state. About $9.5 million went to the state Department of Transportation and will pay for debris removal on routes 35 and 36, DOT spokesman Joe Dee told the newspaper. Approximately $64 million has been sent to 98 municipalities, state departments and public entities.
“It all went to cleanup,” Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger said of the $2.3 million his township received from FEMA. “You name it, and it had to be addressed.” See story in The Star Ledger.