Obama issues disaster declaration for parts of NJ

BUENA VISTA, N.J. - July 19, 2012

Obama ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Atlantic, Cumberland and Salem counties.

The counties were battered by a line of severe thunderstorms which downed trees, power lines and poles, sparked fires and destroyed some homes.

Two people were killed when a tree fell on their tent in a Salem County state park.

A preliminary damage assessment put the cost at more than $17 million for the three counties.

Federal funds will be available to state and local governments and certain nonprofit private organizations.

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