Posted by: Lynn Canton, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region II
The Northeast, and particularly the State of New Jersey, has been hit with significant flooding over the past few days.
We’re continuing to closely monitor the situation along with our state and local agencies, as well the National Weather Service forecast offices. At the request of Governor Christie, we will be assisting the State of New Jersey with preliminary damage assessments, examining the extent of the damage from the recent floods. (See this blog post about the disaster declaration process and spring flooding.)
As Flood Safety Awareness Week continues, the recent flooding in the Northeast serves as a great reminder of the importance of being prepared for floods. This is especially true if you are in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even a very small stream or dry creek bed can overflow and create flooding.
I encourage you to take steps to get prepared for flooding, and visit Ready.gov/floodawareness to learn more.