More than $3 million in extra funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been made available toward a flood mitigation and resiliency project in Downe Township, Cumberland County. The money ($3.2 million) will pay for the purchase and demolition of 11 flood-prone properties. The township previously received almost $6 million in FEMA grants to buy out similar properties.
The latest grant was announced yesterday by Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. “We have a responsibility to protect the Delaware Bay from the ever-increasing dangers of rising sea levels and tidal flooding,” Booker said. “Our state was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and communities are still trying to recover … This grant will help Downe take preventative measures to ensure their residents are safe and that they are prepared when the next major storm hits.” said Menendez.