Garrett Issues Statement on Warren County Flood Devastation
Congressman Tours Area Destroyed by Hurricane Ivan, Renews Call for Federal Funds
October 1, 2004, PARAMUS, NJ - Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) will be traveling to Iraq as a member of a Congressional delegation to see and hear first hand from the U.S. troops, Commanders, Iraqi citizens, and Iraqi Governing Council as to the progress being made to stabilize and rebuild Iraq.
Today, Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) toured areas of Warren County along the Delaware River that were devastated by Hurricane Ivan. Garrett issued the following statement immediately after the tour:
"Having seen firsthand the grave urgency of this matter, I renew my call to urge President Bush, Governor McGreevey and FEMA to expedite the distribution of federal disaster assistance to the areas in Warren county and New Jersey adversely affected by Hurricane Ivan. Many homeowners, businesses, public facilities and communities have been destroyed and are in need of emergency services and recovery assistance now. We have a lot of people who have suffered greatly and could use the assistance.
The situation in New Jersey requires for immediate federal aid. Initial damage estimates in Warren County alone start at $28 million with even higher estimates including the parks and recreation areas affected by the flooding. Immediate approval of the pending request for funding will help to restore hope to New Jersey residents and enable for critical federal dollars to flow to those who so desperately need them.
I urge FEMA and the President to expedite New Jersey's request for a declaration of emergency in order to quickly bring relief to those in the flood stricken areas of Northern New Jersey."
Following the severe flooding along the Delaware River caused by Hurricane Ivan, Congressman Garrett wrote a letter to President Bush and to FEMA requesting immediate funding for the major disaster areas in the state.