The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $1.1 million to Somerset County – to help pay for cleanup efforts after Hurricane Irene slammed Jersey last August.

The funding will reimburse the County for resources spent to remove dangerous debris from roadways and private property after flooding rains and strong winds caused numerous power outages and many other related problems 10 months ago.

New Jersey U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which funds FEMA, says “when natural disasters strike, it’s crucial that the federal government steps in to assist cash-strapped New Jersey communities struggling to cover clean-up costs, hurricane Irene caused massive damage in Somerset County and throughout the state, and I'll continue fighting to secure the resources needed to help New Jersey municipalities recover.”

Jersey U.S. Senator Bob Menendez says, “when Hurricane Irene hit our state, leaving roads blocked with debris, families in places like Somerset needed immediate help - it’s critical that our local governments are able to take swift action and I will continue to work to make sure they have the funds they need to get the job done.”