New Jersey gets FEMA grant for flood protection

    After battling with the Federal Emergency Management Agency earlier this year for disaster relief from flooding, New Jersey has been awarded almost $50 million in flood protection funding from FEMA.

    The agency announced today a handful of grants to flood-proof properties in the state to reduce the impact floods have on residents, the Associated Press reports.

    Efforts will be concentrated around the Passaic River Basin, where flooding is a recurrent problem. Two of the biggest recipients are Wayne Township, for which almost $25 million was approved, and Little Falls Township, which will see $7 million.

    Earlier this spring, the state secured small business loans for property owners recovering from floods, instead of disaster aid from FEMA.

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