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City of Lambertville established resource center for Ida victims


In the days since Tropical Storm Ida devastated the City of Lambertville, the community has come together in a herculean effort to help those whose homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
The city hosted the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) to provide residents and business owners with easy one-stop access to a range of resources to help them recover from Tropical Storm Ida, regardless of the amount or type of damage they suffered.
The City of Lambertville, in collaboration with the American Red Cross New Jersey Region and several governmental and nonprofit partners, was available from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at MARC on Sept. 15. FEMA will continue to be available next door to the MARC in the Union Fire House.
Lambertville has been recognized as a significant site within New Jersey’s official disaster declaration, making it eligible for federal funding and support to aid in the rebuild.
“We are doing everything we can to advocate for the people of Lambertville who were impacted by Ida,” said Mayor Julia Fahl. “More than 20 government and nonprofit entities are coming into our community to ensure that any questions residents have are answered and that resources are available to address all resident needs, from housing, to insurance, to FEMA, to mental health and trauma recovery.”
Taking place on the sledding hill at North Main Street and Phillips Barber Road, confirmed partners at the Sept. 15th MARC included:
- American Red Cross NJ Region
- United Way of Hunterdon County
- City of Lambertville Office of Public Assistance
- NJ Dept. of Human Services & Mental Health Coordinators
- Family Promise

- Fisherman’s Mark
- Hunterdon County Department of Human Services and Divisions of Housing, Social Services, Social Work Services, Public Safety/OEM, and Seniors, Disabilities, and Veterans’ Services
- Hunterdon Helpline
- State Legislative District 15 representatives
- Congressman Malinowski’s office
- NJ Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
- Crisis Cleanup
- NJ Americorps
“I understand that after major flood events like these, people have many questions,” said Fahl. “The city, in partnership with the Red Cross, is committed to helping them find answers.”
On Wednesday, Sept. 1, Tropical Storm Ida dropped nearly 11 inches of rain on Lambertville, at a rate of three to four inches per hour at times. This severe rainfall caused the creeks that flow at both ends of the city to swell and cause the worst flash flooding in living memory. As a result, several families and businesses have been displaced, and many others have significant rebuilding to do to recover from the storm.