NJ to get almost $50 million for flood protection

July 5, 2011 8:38:17 AM PDT
New Jersey will be getting almost $50 million in federal funds to help bolster the state's long-term flood protections.

Emergency Management authorities announced Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved grants to flood-proof properties and minimize the impact floods have on residents.

Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says the funds will especially target the Passaic River Basin, where flooding is a recurring problem.

Wayne Township will get the largest portion of the money, with almost $25 million approved. Little Falls Township comes in second at $7 million.

New Jersey has been at odds with FEMA since Gov. Chris Christie's request for a disaster declaration following floods in March was denied. The state eventually secured small business loans for property owners instead of disaster aid.