Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Morris County has started to successfully recoup from the Federal Emergency Management Agency some of the estimated $1.9 million in property damage incurred by the main county government from Hurricane Irene.

Morris County Risk Management Director Cathy Burd told the Board of Freeholders on April 11 that of the approximate $1.9 million in storm-related damages experienced by the county, FEMA has thus far identified eligible expenses totaling $892,727, at which 75 percent or $669,545.32 is reimbursable.

According to Burd, the county has to date successfully received more than $201,300 of the 75 percent reimbursement and is aggressively pursuing the remainder of the eligible funding.

With FEMA still investigating damage claims, the county government may also be receiving additional dollars once the agency completes its review of all of the county’s reimbursement requests, Burd said.

The main county government’s losses were the result of storm damage to county buildings, roads and bridges; as well as overtime, the purchase of supplies and emergency protective measures.

The county is also hoping that insurance reimbursement will cover most of the remaining losses from the August 2011 storm, Burd said.

A number of county government departments and agencies worked around the clock before, during and after the storm, clearing roads of debris, providing and staffing an emergency shelter, dispatching emergency services, assisting with evacuations and performing whatever functions were necessary to help those whose lives were affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene.