‘Our work is not done.’ Gov. Murphy vows to get all 21 counties covered under federal disaster declaration

FEMA has approved a major disaster declaration for six of New Jersey’s 21 counties following major flooding caused by Ida’s remnants.

News 12 Staff

Sep 9, 2021, 12:03 AM

Updated 951 days ago

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FEMA has approved a major disaster declaration for six of New Jersey’s 21 counties following major flooding caused by Ida’s remnants. But Gov. Phil Murphy said on Wednesday that he will work with the Biden administration to expand that declaration to the entire state.
“It was a horrific, unfathomable loss of life,” Murphy said. “Significant loss of life, significant damage to homes.”
The federal government has so far issued a disaster declaration for Gloucester County, where tornadoes devastated the Mullica Hill section of Harrison Township, as well as in Bergen, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset counties.
President Joe Biden visited Manville on Tuesday to survey the damage. The governor says that the devastation created by the storm deserves a statewide response.
“We are not done. Our work is not done,” Murphy said.
The federal disaster declaration is just a start to begin the cleanup from Ida's wrath. It is a cleanup that people in Hudson and virtually every other county in the state are just beginning, as they seek help from the federal government.
“We also, for the first time ever, opened up that damage assessment portal, which allows us as a state to find and prioritize which counties we are going to next,” said acting State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan.
More information about disaster relief can be found on the state’s website.


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