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By Raymond | February 11th, 2014 - 7:14pm
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WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced that the Middlesex County Utilities Authority will receive more than $10.8 million in federal funding for continued projects as a result of Superstorm Sandy.  The funding is being provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) via the Sandy aid package Pallone fought for in Congress.

“These grants help to lessen the financial hit that our local governments still face as communities continue to recover from Sandy,” said Congressman Pallone.  “As we continue to rebuild, we have a unique opportunity to improve our public infrastructure so it is stronger and can withstand future storms.  I am grateful that FEMA recognizes the importance of these ongoing efforts in New Jersey.”

“This funding will help rebuild a critical public facility severely damaged by Sandy,” Sen. Menendez said.  “I remain committed to ensuring our state continues to receive the resources necessary to ensure New Jersey maintains its path to full recovery, better and stronger than before the storm.”

The Middlesex County Utilities Authority will receive $10,801,817.51 in federal funding for continued repairs to the Sayreville pump station that was damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy.  The Sayreville Pump Station was inundated by floodwaters rising nearly four feet above ground level in October 2012.  While over 50% of repairs to the damaged facility have been completed, there are repairs that still need to be made to ensure that the station can withstand future storms.  The work to be done includes repairing all large pumps, replacing small pumps, cleaning, lubricating and repairing all switchgear, removing and replacing actuators, and completing the replacement of all wiring and motor control centers.

This grant is in addition to the $2.4 million that the Middlesex County Utilities Authority received in 2013 to repair the damaged pump station, provide bypass pumping for the Sayreville sewage treatment plant, and install and operate a surge diversion facility to minimize surges to the pump station in the event of a future storm.  The Middlesex County Utilities Authority pumps sewage from 30 municipalities in Middlesex and Somerset Counties.

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