Tell Congress: Fund Hurricane Sandy Relief!

urrican Sandy Damage

UPDATE: January 16, 2013: National Parks Group Applauds Passage of Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill! Read NPCA's Press Release. Thank you to all of our supporters who contacted their representatives!

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In late October, Superstorm Sandy made landfall in the Northeast, killing over 130 people, destroying communities and causing billions of dollars of destruction. Our national parks were no exception to the devastation. In a matter of hours, some of our greatest national treasures, like the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governor’s Island and Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreation Area, were extensively damaged. Although Congress has provided $9.7 billion in immediate flood insurance funding, the region has waited over 72 days for comprehensive federal relief, compared to the 10 days it took for Congress to provide over $60 billion in relief to communities after Hurricane Katrina.

Contact your member of Congress and tell them to support the Frelinghuysen (pronounced Free-ling-HI-zen) amendment, which provides full and fair Superstorm Sandy relief. Importantly, it includes $398 million for rebuilding our national parks, $360 million to better rebuild coastal habitat and infrastructure in national parks and wildlife refuges to better withstand storms and reduce future storm damage, and authorization of an interagency planning process to prevent future flood and storm damage to the region.

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Background

Just before Halloween last October, Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Northeast, destroying communities and hurting families, homes, and businesses. Not only was the human toll devastating, but Sandy also caused unprecedented damage to national parks, sparking one of the costliest rebuilding efforts in U.S. history.

National parks that sustained extensive damage include the Statue of Liberty, where mechanical systems were flooded and destroyed; Sandy Hook in Gateway National Park, which was inundated with floodwaters and debris; and Fire Island National Seashore, which experienced severe erosion along its length. Ellis Island, Governor’s Island, Castle Clinton, Paterson Falls, and other sites in the region experienced flooding, significant damage to mechanical systems and employee facilities, and devastating landscape damage.

NPCA urges the new 113th Congress to immediately resume action on a storm relief funding bill to help struggling communities and national parks throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Provisions in the Senate-passed bill that need to be included in new legislation include:

Contact your member of Congress and tell them to support the Frelinghuysen (pronounced Free-ling-HI-zen) amendment, which provides full and fair Superstorm Sandy relief. Importantly, it includes $398 million for rebuilding our national parks, $360 million to better rebuild coastal habitat and infrastructure in national parks and wildlife refuges to better withstand storms and reduce future storm damage, and authorization of an interagency planning process to prevent future flood and storm damage to the region.

National Parks Conservation Association
National Parks Conservation Association

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