Menendez, Booker announce $1.3 million in Federal funding for Jersey City’s Sandy Recovery

JERSEY CITY – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker have announced the award of a $1,289,231.10 Sandy relief grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to the Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority (JCMUA) to repair the Clendenny Ave. outfall and drainage ditch damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The grant covers 90 percent of the project’s total cost.
“This federal funding will provide critical support to Jersey City as it works to make its neighborhoods and infrastructure more resilient to withstand future storms,” said Sen. Menendez. “While our state continues on its path to full recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we must recognize there is still much work to be done. I will not stop fighting until New Jersey homeowners and local communities receive the resources they need to rebuild better, stronger than before the storm.”
Two JCMUA outfall pipes that service Clendenny Avenue were damaged by Sandy’s storm surge and tidal action. Approximately 600 linear feet of the 60-inch steel outfall pipe became misaligned and impacted with sediment and debris brought in from the surge. The entire end of the outfall was buried under sand, stone and debris to the point that should a rain event occur, a discharge would cause upstream flooding in residential and commercial properties.
In addition, the banks of a drainage ditch eroded and its embankment collapsed in several locations blocking the flow of water. Proper operation of the outfall and drainage ditch are a crucial part of the JCMUA collection system, which prevents residential and street flooding during wet weather.
“This substantial federal grant will assist us in both the repair and enhancement of critical infrastructure,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop. “We are thankful to Senator Menendez and Senator Booker for their support and advocacy for Jersey City’s continued recovery from Superstorm Sandy as we work to create a stronger and more resilient city.”
The work involved to restore the JCMUA facility to pre-existing condition included the installation of approximate 600 linear feet of new 60-inch pipe and the removal of debris blocking the drainage ditch. The ditch was also relined with stone to prevent further erosion

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