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$3.5 Million for Middlesex County Post-Sandy Rehabilitation Projects

The Middlesex County Utilities Authority will receive more than $3.5 million in federal funding for continued projects as a result of Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone said this past week.

The funding is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency via the Sandy aid package Pallone fought for in Congress.

“These grants help to lessen the financial hit that our local governments still face as communities continue to recover from Sandy,” said Congressman Pallone.  “And as we continue to rebuild, we have a unique opportunity to improve our public infrastructure so it is stronger and can withstand future storms.  I am grateful that FEMA recognizes the importance of these ongoing efforts in New Jersey.”

The Middlesex County Utilities Authority will receive $3,565,027.43 in federal funding for continued repairs to the Edison pump station that was damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy.  The Edison pump station was inundated by floodwaters rising nearly four feet above ground level in October 2012. 

While over 50 percent of repairs to the damaged facility have been completed, there are repairs that still need to be made to ensure that the station can withstand future storms.

The work to be done includes replacing the components in the leak monitoring system and replacing 1,250 lineal feet of nylon hose    An estimated 11,994 lineal feet of electrical wiring, 5,782 lineal feet of cable and 60 lineal feet of fiber optic cable must also be replaced.

This grant is in addition to the $13.2 million that the Middlesex County Utilities Authority has already received to repair the damaged Sayreville pump station, provide bypass pumping for the Sayreville sewage treatment plant, and install and operate a surge diversion facility to minimize surges to the pump station in the event of a future storm.

The Middlesex County Utilities Authority pumps sewage from 30 municipalities in Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

Gordo K March 17, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Help me understand. I don't follow the rationale that federal tax money taken from the pockets of taxpayers across the country, should be handed to the politicians of Middlesex County, NJ to in turn pass along to their contractor cronies. Shouldn't Middlesex County pay for their own infrastructure? It would be a different story if these monies were being applied to the assistance of individual victims of Sandy who remain neglected and suffering real hardship.

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