President Obama was in New Jersey to witness the devastation, comfort residents, and pledge the full support of the federal government in the recovery effort. Across the state, the storm damaged homes, flooded communities, and left more than 2 million people without power. The President surveyed the effects of the hurricane with Governor Chris Christie and visited displaced residents at a shelter.
"Number one, and most important, our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones," the President said. "My second message is we are here for you, and we will not forget; we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need until you've rebuilt."
Here at DOT, we're working to fulfill that promise by doing all we can to support our state and local partners as they restore vital transportation infrastructure through:
- FHWA emergency relief funding so far in New York, Rhode Island, and North Carolina;
- FMCSA emergency declarations that help trucks bring relief supplies and materials into the region without delay;
- FTA technical support for transit systems overwhelmed by the storm's havoc; and
- FAA efforts to re-establish air service in the New York area.
I want to thank the state departments of transportation whose road crews have been and continue to be out in force, trying to clear roadways.
All of these organizations are trying their best and working their hardest to help people get back to their normal activities, and we at DOT will do whatever we can to support them.