Sandy Relief Money Coming to Ocean County [AUDIO]
"The wait is almost over," said Mary Goepfert, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.
She said there are a number of reasons for the delay including incomplete paperwork, staff shortages and a wide range of requests. In an effort to ease delays, additional staff was recently added to help process existing claims.
In the days following the storm, many Ocean County officials were promised a certain amount of reimbursements for putting out the money for debris cleanup and other costs associated with Sandy. But with many still waiting to get paid and a lot of unknowns, mayors and community leaders are it could derail their municipal budgets for years to come.
"We understand their concerns about their budgets, and if a community is in dire straights, they can contact us directly or their local OEM office," Goepfert said. "Communication has been key throughout the entire recovery process."
Regarded as one of the worst disasters to ever strike New Jersey, Sandy resulted in thousands of claims and requests submitted by officials in virtually every affected county.
"The money should be arriving by late spring, early summer. If towns still need help, they should get in touch," Goepfert said.