Standing in a section of Lambertville on Tuesday where floodwaters from Tropical Storm Ida swept two homes into a creek last fall, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a series of new flood protection investments, including $50 million dollars for the Blue Acres owner buyout program.
Murphy said officials know which parts of the state are most likely to have flooding issues during severe storms, “so we will use the Blue Acres program as a preventative tool to work with those homeowners and communities to buy back those properties and turn them into public before suffering another catastrophic loss.
The governor said plans are also underway to embark on a comprehensive program to improve and strengthen our resiliency infrastructure “facilitating more than $1 billion in new federal investments statewide, to study and design, but more importantly build, new hard flood prevention infrastructure projects in some of our most flood-prone watersheds.
“We are also making possible $10 million in new grant funds that communities can use to plan for better stormwater management and undertake green infrastructure projects,” he said.
He said work will continue to modernize New Jersey’s flood hazard standards “so that all of our state’s critical buildings and infrastructure are built to stand the test of time and the test of storms.” stronger and more potentially damaging”.
Help people prepare
Environment Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said the state is “seeing more and more extreme weather events.”
“We need to help communities anticipate the next storm,” he said. “Our communities are tired of recovering from the storms, it’s time we helped them become more resilient instead.”
On September 1, Tropical Storm Ida unleashed extreme weather across the state, including high winds, tornadoes, and heavy, sustained rain reaching up to 10 inches in some areas.
The result was extreme flooding, extensive damage to numerous homes, public facilities and other buildings, structures, and the loss of 29 lives.
The new $50 million in funding for Blue Acres’ buyout program consists of $40 million in funds from FEMA’s COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Grant Program and $10 million in FEMA funds.” Swift Current”.
David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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