Money Available for New Yorkers After Ida Declared Major Disaster
President Joe Biden announced a Major Disaster Declaration for New York, which will make money available to residents for recovery. New York's first female Governor, Kathy Hochul, made the announcement on Monday, September 6, 2021. The declaration makes federal funds available for local governments in the state and residents, who suffered damage to their homes and property. Federal and state officials estimate that Hurricane Ida caused $50 million in damage to public property in New York and 1,200 homes.
Here's what New Yorkers need to know about assistance:
- Assistance is currently available for Bronx, Queens, Kings, Richmond and Westchester counties
- Displaced families are eligible for housing assistance
- Funds will be available for counseling, unemployment, home repairs and legal services
- The money will help local governments and residents
- Assistance will be available for protective measures, the removal of debris and repairs to infrastructure and public buildings
- Residents will need to work directly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- You can visit the State's Hurricane Ida website for help
Governor Hochul thanked President Biden for his quick response,
I saw the devastation of New Yorkers who lost so much from this storm, and I pledged that we would do everything in our power to help them rebuild. I thank President Biden and FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell for their swift approval of a Major Disaster Declaration, which provides a promise that we will build back better and stronger.
State of Emergency in NYC Thanks to Extraordinary Flooding
Did you see the amount of water that overtook New York City in the aftermath of Ida? These videos show the crazy amount of flooding that the Big Apple experienceddue to the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The powerful hurricane battered New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, after making landfall on Sunday, August 29, 2021. Then the rest of the weather system traveled across the country, causing a ridiculous amount of rain in the 'city that never sleeps.'
Governor Hochul, declared a state of emergency on Thursday, September 2, due to how much rainwater Tropical Depression Ida has dropped on NYC,
Torrential rainfall has resulted in flash flooding, power outages, travel disruptions and damage in impacted areas posing a threat to public health and safety. This State of Emergency eliminates potential hurdles for local response activities and provides the necessary tools to make sure New Yorkers can quickly and safely recover. I encourage New Yorkers in these affected areas to please pay attention to local weather reports, stay off the roads and avoid all unnecessary travel during this time.