Rockland County receives major disaster declaration for Ida


Additional aid is arriving for some victims of the Tropical Depression Ida of the Hudson Valley following a declaration of disaster due to damage from the storm.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that Orange, Putnam and Rockland counties have become the latest location to be approved for a “major disaster declaration” in order to provide federal financial assistance.

Federal funding will provide individual and public assistance to eligible New Yorkers recovering from flooding and other storm-related damage caused by Ida’s remains. Rockland is also eligible for the Individual Assistance Program.

Additional counties already approved for public assistance under the declaration include the counties of Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Suffolk, Sullivan, Dutchess and Westchester. Bronx, Kings, Nassau, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk and Westchester counties

“This declaration of disaster is good news for our local municipalities that have suffered significant damage as it provides much-needed support and assistance to repair damage valued at over $ 2.5 million to public facilities across the board. Dutchess County in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, ”said Marc Molinaro, county director. .

“We will continue to press FEMA and the state to ‘Individual Assistance’ to help families and businesses that have also suffered significant damage and are struggling to recover.”

Orange County Executive Ed Day added: “After a lot of work from the Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services Office, Homeland Security and Emergency Services Division of New York State, FEMA, and our local towns and villages, Rockland residents were ultimately eligible for FEMA Disaster Assistance. ”

“When I witnessed the devastation of this historic storm, I promised that we would do everything in our power to help all affected communities rebuild, and this latest announcement fulfills our promise to those who have suffered. in the Hudson Valley, ”Hochul said.

“I would like to thank the state and federal government damage assessment teams on the ground who provided information to secure this important federal disaster assistance that will help our communities in their restoration efforts.”

Officials say a major disaster declaration allows federal government financial assistance to local communities and New Yorkers to continue their recovery.

“Orange County suffered significant infrastructure damage from Hurricane Ida and this assistance will benefit us. We would like to thank Governor Hochul for stepping up and helping our communities rebuild after the storm, ”said Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Director. “I will continue to work closely with my emergency management team to assess the damage and monitor the recovery from the storm.”

Assistance includes funding for emergency protection measures, debris removal and repairs to public buildings and infrastructure, as well as direct support to individuals and homeowners most affected by the storm.

“The flooding caused by Hurricane Ida is causing extensive damage to roads and drainage systems in our county. It is good to know that our communities will now be eligible for federal funding to rebuild damaged infrastructure,” added MaryEllen Odell, director of Putnam County. “We are grateful that Putnam has been added to the major disaster declaration that will make funding available.”

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