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Monday, August 25, 2014

Historic Storm Prompts Town of Brookhaven to Initiate Flood Relief Efforts

On August 1st, record setting rain doused Long Island causing extensive flood damage. The Town of Brookhaven has been working with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to perform damage assessments for residents in affected areas. Damage assessments are an effort to qualify victims for federal or state funding or special programs. Supervisor Ed Romaine has asked the federal government to provide FEMA assistance to storm victims and has vowed to push County, State and Federal officials to provide assistance to storm victims.  The Town has estimated $10-15 million in damage to private homes as a result of the torrential rain. Additionally, an estimated $15 million in damage to our roadways has been estimated by the Town Highway Department. Although the South Shore of Long Island sustained very little damage, some North Shore communities that were hit hard by Superstorm Sandy, now have another storm to clean up after. So far, the Building Department has inspected more than 75 homes and deemed nine uninhabitable.

Residents who feel that their homes may have sustained structural damage from the storm are urged to call 631-451-TOWN (8696). An inspector will be sent to their home to assess the damage and determine if the home is safe to occupy.

For insurance related issues, residents should call 1-800-339-1759 to speak directly with representatives from the New York State Department of Financial Services.

As of Wednesday, August 20th, a “211 Hotline,” originally activated after Sandy, will be implemented again to assist residents with the clean-up in their flood damaged homes.

Residents with large amounts of debris from flood clean-up should call 631-451-TOWN to schedule pick-up from the Town’s Department of Waste Management.