The anniversary of the destruction and devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy arrives in October. Our community was rocked and continues to recover. As part of that community and as individuals, we help families and other parties rebuild and work through the legal disagreements that arise along the way.
In good news for the region, the Office of the Governor announced in July that the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) approved Public Assistance grants in the amount of $14 million to aid recovery projects including the following:
* Bayshore Regional Sewage Authority — Grant monies will be used to rebuild three sewage facilities damaged during the hurricane.
* Lavallette — In Ocean County, the funding will repair damage to electrical distribution facilities.
* Belmar — Monmouth County officials plan to pay contractors working to replace the boardwalk that was destroyed in that town.
* Newark — In Essex County, the grant will be used for Emergency Protection Measures.
Through July of this year, total federal assistance to New Jersey totals $5.3 billion, including more than $408 million for individuals and households, $805 million for small business disaster loans and more than $678 million to agencies and organizations that provide community assistance.
In the aftermath of Sandy, FEMA conducted 126,837 housing inspections in New Jersey. Considering the loss and damage to homes, the real cost of the storm may not be known for years.
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