Almost $29.5 million in federal Sandy relief money is on its way to New Jersey.

The FEMA funding will be used by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to acquire and demolish 129 flood-prone properties in Sayreville.

 

Governor Chris Christie speaks to a Sayreville resident. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

“This is most welcome relief for Sayreville residents who have been in harm’s way in flooding instances prior to Sandy, and who endured the devastating flooding Sandy wrought,” says U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.

Interim U.S. Senator Jeff Chiesa says, “The ongoing costs associated with recovery and rebuilding are substantial. These funds will go a long way to making required improvements to avoid damage in flood-prone zones.”

In the beginning of the year, President Barack Obama signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion.  The funding package included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.