Union County officials hold resource fair to connect Ida flooding victims with resources

Residents in Union County are waiting and hoping that the federal government will add them to the disaster declaration, but in the meantime, county officials held a resource fair for residents to connect them with a variety of resources.

News 12 Staff

Sep 10, 2021, 4:18 PM

Updated 951 days ago

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Residents in Union County are waiting and hoping that the federal government will add them to the disaster declaration, but in the meantime, county officials held a resource fair for residents to connect them with a variety of resources.
Residents in Cranford continue a week later cleaning out their homes and bringing companies in to start the rebuilding process.
One resident says he's frustrated the county hasn't been declared a federal disaster site yet, as he waits on insurance.
“I just thought we’d call insurance, they’d be out and help us through the process and show us what’s going covered and what’s not and put us in touch with contractors and really help us rebuild, but we’re out on our own because there’s no help,” says Michael Blom.
Residents lined up to get help today after Ida's rains flooded many homes in several Union County towns. 
The county says they're currently housing just over 170 people and nearly 50 families, placing them in nearby hotels. But beyond housing, they're also providing food, help with replacing documents that may have been damaged and even providing stress counseling for residents who may need it. 
“For those of us who haven’t been flooded seriously, it’s hard to even imagine the type of stress people are dealing now and so like I said, this is Union County, Cranford,” says Union County Commissioner Bette Jane Kowalski. “All of our towns in new Union County are pulling together to help people get through this as best they can.” 
Commissioners say they're expecting to be added to the FEMA list soon, which will provide help to many residents.
They will also be holding another resource fair Tuesday in Rahway for county residents.


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