Hudson County likely to receive major disaster declaration

Officials said FEMA would make an announcement soon

A wall of a building collapsed due to Ida. Photo via Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise's Twitter
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A wall of a building collapsed due to Ida. Photo via Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise's Twitter

Hudson County is soon likely to receive a major disaster declaration from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to Hurricane Ida, officials said. The first official to speak on the matter was Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.

“Hudson County FEMA aid has been approved, and businesses and residents are so THANKFUL,” DeGise announced on Twitter on Sept. 7. “Our APPRECIATION of gaining a clear understanding of the severity of damage Hudson County sustained goes to @POTUS, @GovMurphy and team, @SenatorMenendez, @SenBooker, and the Congressional Team.”

State Senator and North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco spoke about it at the Sept. 8 Board of Commissioners meeting.

“FEMA, I believe, will declare Hudson County in a state of emergency and declare us a disaster zone,” Sacco said. “The governor’s office told me that it would be over the next couple of days. They will make the designation for Hudson County, and they think it’s going to be one that will declare us a disaster zone.”

The major disaster declaration would allow residents and businesses in the county to apply for federal funds to compensate for damages from Ida. FEMA representatives toured the area on Sept. 7, surveying the damage from over a foot of rain and other storm complications.

“FEMA came into Jersey City and saw the devastation,” Sacco said. “They went to Hoboken and saw the devastation. They came to us.”

Following the assessment of the county, FEMA is now processing the information for the request for federal assistance, according to FEMA spokesperson Nikki Gaskins Campbell.

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