FEMA opens sixth Disaster Recovery Center in NJ

The center is in Lambertville, among the communities hardest-hit by Ida flooding

In Lambertville along the Delaware River, roughly half of the properties sustained flood damage in Tropical Storm Ida; the Hunterdon County town was among the hardest-hit in New Jersey. On Wednesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency opened a Disaster Recovery Center in the town, the sixth to open so far in the state.

Eileen Carberry, one resident who visited the FEMA center, was flooded out of her basement apartment, where the water “came in like a river.” It’s now uninhabitable because of mold and mildew.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center manager Elbert Ruiz said he hopes people in the community come for help, whether for assistance with applications, rental assistance, or any other questions. The center is now open seven days a week. FEMA crews are also walking around the area and taking applications.

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