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plumber Tom

06:00PM | 07/15/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
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In the state of NJ have made many people homeless in Burlington County. It was what the meteorologists are calling a once in a thousand year rainfall. This is no joke when some parts of the county were hit with 10 to 15" of rain. My concerns are for the people without flood insurance. The governor had declared the area a disaster, but Washington has the final say in the matter. How are funds allocated? These people need help badly. Wells were contaminated, dams and bridges washed away, and lakes that used to be there are now a sand pile. The only good thing that came out of this was the strong community efforts to help. The volunteer Fire Depts, who made countless rescues. The police dept and emergency mngt. also did an excellent job. The USCG was even called in to have their divers shut-off valves to a toppled propane tank. Do you think these people can get reimbursed with federal funding?

tomh

09:58PM | 07/15/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
At this point New Jersy has not been declared a natioanal disaster. A complete listing can be seen on the FEMA website here: http://www.fema.gov/news/disasters.fema#em

That does not mean it will not happen, but for floods, there has to be an accounting by the state of the disaster scope before the declaration is made. Meanwhile the state emergency services bureau has a hotline for flood victims that is staffed from 10 AM to 10 PM 609-265-0172

If a Federal disaster is declared, a FEMA hotline will be established and emergency aid distributed. At this point the State has released $5 million in relief to affected towns. At the very least, public infrastructure will be restored using Federal funds. There is usually relief in the form of grants and loans available for private losses. People without flood insurance may find the assistance inadequate and even insurmountable, so your concern is well placed.

When Hurricane Floyd hit the same area, only those with flood insurance were covered. There have been significant NJ floods with disaster declarations in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Still many do not buy flood insurance. After this disaster is over, guess what? There will eventually be another flood and many will be uninsured.

It sure is hard to imagine that much rain when we have not seen any since a brief shower in April, and were dry through most of March. We are starting to see tremendous fires in California and there are a number of Federal Disaster declarations for them. How about a deal where you send some water out here, and well try to export some sunshine!

plumber Tom

04:25PM | 07/17/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
Thanks tom. I checked the link you provided and NJ is on that list. Hopefully these people can get on with their lives. Although the government loans may not be enough, at least it's something. I am keeping my eye on the world news in respect to the California wildfires. It's hard on this end to imagine a climate so dry. The old saying is true. Don't mess with mother nature!
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