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OEM: Irene likely NJ's most expensive emergency

September 17, 2011 2:43:18 PM PDT
State emergency management officials say they expect damage from Hurricane Irene and subsequent flooding to be the costliest disaster in New Jersey's history once the final tallies are done.

Spokeswoman Mary Goepfert says more than $67 million in disaster funding has been approved for individuals as of Thursday.

More than $63 million of that is for housing-related assistance including rentals, home repairs or replacement of essential items not covered by insurance.

Storm-affected residents can still sign up for assistance with FEMA.

Goepfert says 42,310 people had registered with FEMA as of Thursday, and she expects that number to increase.

Damage assessments for infrastructure and public works are not yet completed.


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