LITTLE FALLS - U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D - N.J.) and U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D - N.J.) today announced a total of $8.7 million in new federal funding to help mitigate flood damages in Passaic County.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Severe Repetitive Loss grant program has granted $5,973,120 to the Township of Little Falls for the elevation of approximately 34 residences.

The lowest floor of each home would be elevated above flood levels expected during a 100-year storm.

FEMA has also granted, through the same program, $2,763,900 to the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for the acquisition of eight homes located in the Passaic River Basin. Six of the homes are in Pompton Lakes, one is in Little Falls and one is in Wayne.

Rep. Pascrell said he expects the project to begin as soon as possible and be completed by Sept. 2013.