U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) today sent a letter to President Barack Obama supporting Governor Christie's request for the declaration of a Major Disaster Area in the State of New Jersey.
August 30, 2011
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I am writing to request you expeditiously approve of the pending request to declare the State of New Jersey a Major Disaster Area, as a result of the damage from Hurricane Irene, which began August 27, 2011, and with response and recovery continuing today. The desired declaration would cut through the red tape and allow funding to begin to flow to individuals, businesses, and municipalities in great need of assistance.
The entire State of New Jersey has been devastated by this great storm. Reports tell us that seven residents have been killed statewide. Specifically in the Eighth Congressional District, we have faced hundreds of thousands of homes without power and terrible flooding. In fact, the damage evident in many New Jersey communities has now been officially verified as some of the worst flooding Northern New Jersey regions have seen in almost one hundred years. The National Weather Service suggests that the Passaic River Basin is reaching a historic high crests that will not recede for days. The flooding has caused severe property damage in municipalities throughout the State and thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes.
I know you understand the gravity of the situation we face in the Garden State. Municipalities in New Jersey need federal assistance to help them recover from this devastation. Individuals and businesses need federal support to help get them back on their feet. I urge you to swiftly approve the request made by Governor Christie on August 29, 2011, to declare a Major Disaster in the State of New Jersey, which will allow federal resources to be provided for individual assistance, municipal assistance, and hazard mitigation, to help our state recover and rebuild.
Thank you for your consideration.
Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Member of Congress