Gov. Kathy Hochul said Sunday that Suffolk and Sullivan Counties have been approved for the previously declared major Disaster Declaration from the flooding resulting from Hurricane Ida.
Approval is based on joint damage assessments by New York State and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Both counties are now eligible to receive federal financial reimbursement for Public Assistance to help municipalities recover and rebuild publicly-owned infrastructure and facilities; Suffolk County also qualifies for the Individual Assistance Program, which provides direct relief for individuals and homeowners.
Additional counties already approved for Public Assistance under the declaration include Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond and Westchester Counties.
“We are working tirelessly with our partners at all levels of government to ensure that families and communities recovering from the effects of Ida get the help they need to rebuild,” Governor Hochul said. “We still have work to do, and with Suffolk and Sullivan counties now also qualifying for federal funding, I want to thank President Biden and FEMA for their continued support and for providing these critical resources to New Yorkers in need.”
And Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said, “I am pleased that Suffolk County’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration from FEMA has been swiftly approved so that we can deliver substantial relief for the thousands of businesses and residents in need of making essential repairs in the wake of Hurricane Ida. I appreciate the collaboration with New York State as we continue to recover from this extreme weather event.”
Individual Assistance provides direct support for individuals and homeowners. New Yorkers may also be able to receive funds for other uninsured or under-insured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs, such as repair or replacement of personal property or funds for moving and storage, or medical, dental, and child care. Residents, both homeowners and renters, should make every effort to document their losses. In counties that qualify for Individual Assistance, eligible homeowners will work directly with FEMA to obtain funding. Assistance can include funds for temporary housing units, housing and driveway repairs, crisis counseling, unemployment assistance and legal services.
The remnants of Hurricane Ida came through Long Island Sept.1-2, taking down trees, flooding roadways and knocking out power, especially in communities along Huntington’s North Shore.