FEMA boosts aid to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged town in New Jersey

This Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 file photo made available by the New Jersey Governor's Office shows flooding on the bay side of Seaside, N.J., after Superstorm Sandy made landfall. The unprecedented storm surge created by the storm caused the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to increase the number of storm surge forecasters at the National Hurricane Center starting with the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane season. They will also provide potential storm surge hazards at least 48 hours before the onset of tropical storm or gale-force winds. (AP Photo/New Jersey Governor's Office, Tim Larsen)

June 26, 2013 4:38:17 AM PDT
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has OK'd a plan to boost aid to New Jersey towns hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, who represents Monmouth and Ocean Counties, says FEMA will reimburse communities at a rate of 90 percent for certain expenses related to the October storm.

Smith met with FEMA administrator Craig Fugate earlier this month to ask for an increase and talk about recovery efforts.

He says the move for the federal government to pay 90 percent of certain recovery costs, up from 75 percent, will make the path forward a little easier and help with municipal budget planning.

Smith says the plan will provide an immediate and additional $262 million for already obligated funding and will cover all additional local government approved funding.