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NJ May Apply For Federal Aid After Flooding Damage From Rainstorms

GLASSBORO, N.J. (CBS) – New Jersey officials are dealing with the aftermath of last weekend’s storms (see related story), and looking into whether to go to the feds for assistance.

Rowan University suffered more than $1 million worth of water damage to several buildings after a normally quiet stream that runs  through the campus overflowed in a major way.

“The stream went from being six feet wide and six inches deep to, at some points, 45 feet wide and seven feet deep,” university spokesman Joe Cardona told KYW Newsradio today.

The damage has been cleaned up with minimal impact on classes, set to start in two weeks.  School officials say that insurance will take care of most of the bill.

Meanwhile, five South Jersey counties have submitted preliminary damage assessments to the state; Cumberland County’s alone tops $20 million.  Salem, Atlantic, Camden, and Gloucester counties were also hard hit.

Those reports are being evaluated in Trenton, where officials will decide in the next few days if they meet the criteria necessary to obtain FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) assistance.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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