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Obama Declares New Jersey Major Disaster Area, Will View Flooding Sunday

Declaration will allow federal government to distribute disaster relief funds.

President Barack Obama declared New Jersey a major disaster area Wednesday afternoon, and the White House announced that the president will travel to north Jersey on Sunday to get a firsthand look at the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene.

The declaration will allow the federal government to award FEMA assistance to local residents, and state and municipal governments, according to officials with the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-08). 

The president will make an appearance in Paterson, according to Cong. Pascrell, who is a former mayor of Paterson, one of the city's hardest-hit by flooding.

At present, no details are available as to when the president will arive or where he will go.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate visited New York and New Jersey on Wednesday to review flood relief efforts.

Mike Simpson September 01, 2011 at 03:00 AM
Not all inclusive as of yet....but other counties should follow soon... DECLARED AUGUST 31, 2011 SUMMARY STATE: New Jersey NUMBER: FEMA-4021-DR INCIDENT: Hurricane Irene INCIDENT PERIOD: August 27, 2011, and continuing DATE REQUESTED BY GOVERNOR: August 30, 2011 DESIGNATIONS AND TYPES OF ASSISTANCE: INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE (Assistance to individuals and households): Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Somerset Counties. PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities): Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Salem Counties. Direct federal assistance is authorized.
Sean Conneamhe September 05, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Big Brother to the rescue.

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