New Jersey Reallocates $59.4 Million in Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds

Shore Link Network: The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has made public a proposed amendment to the Superstorm Sandy Action Plan for public comment. This amendment aims to reallocate $59.44 million in Superstorm Sandy Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds towards resiliency projects and Hurricane Ida recovery initiatives.

The Deputy Commissioner of DCA, Samuel Viavattine, who oversees the Division of Disaster Recovery and Mitigation responsible for managing federal CDBG-DR funds, emphasized the importance of resiliency projects in mitigating future weather-related disasters. The reallocated funds are intended to support existing projects aimed at enhancing New Jersey communities’ ability to withstand flooding, ultimately leading to stronger neighborhoods capable of withstanding severe weather events.

The proposal is open for public comment until August 29, 2023. This amendment marks the 53rd to the Superstorm Sandy Action Plan, which was originally approved in April 2013 to guide the state’s recovery from the impactful storm that struck on October 29, 2012.

The proposed amendment outlines several key reallocations:

  1. Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project: $35 million would be transferred to this project managed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The project focuses on urban stormwater management to address coastal storm surge flooding and inland rainfall flooding, especially in areas like Hoboken, Weehawken, and Jersey City during Superstorm Sandy. (read more>>)