NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – Cleanup continues in the tri-state area, including New York City, where more resources have been made available to those affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida.
CBS2’s Cory James spoke to a Queens mother who is dealing with what many other New Yorkers face after Wednesday’s deadly storms.
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“The water was, like, knee-deep… The water was coming from the toilet, from the tub, from the sink,” she said. “I’m very lucky. We’re lucky, but… it’s hard, knowing to ask for help.
She got this help at a Woodside public school that became a service center, sending those affected home with things like supplies to clean up the mess.
The New York City Emergency Management Office says in addition to kits, essential resources are on offer.
“They can talk to DOB, they can talk to HPD, depending on whether they are tenants or owners… They can get advice on mold control. They can speak to a mental health counselor from the Ministry of Health and Mental Hygiene. We bring all of these services together under one roof so that customers don’t have to search the city for all these different services for a long time, ”said Christopher Pagnotta, OEM.
Charlie Balgobin showed CBS2 his basement, where he had to tear up some newly installed hardwood and place it in large trash bags due to heavy flooding. He estimates that there was approximately $ 40,000 in damages.
He was unaware of the free assistance right in front of his house, but he plans to get it early Sunday morning.
“Hopefully they will give us a good help,” he said.
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Governor Kathy Hochul and local leaders saw some of the damage firsthand during a tour of 218th Street in Inwood on Saturday.
It’s an area not too far from Rhashan Del, who says he had nearly six feet of water in his house.
While he’s happy that New York City is setting up service centers in all five boroughs, he hopes more support is on the way.
“I really need the financial help,” he said. “I have a damaged water heater. I probably have thousands of dollars in oven damage.
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FEMA says that right now, damage assessments are underway in the hardest hit areas of New York and New Jersey, and they hope to be done by the end of the day on Saturday.
After that, FEMA says states will aggregate the data and submit a request to the president for a major disaster declaration.
Once that happens, FEMA can deploy help.
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Meanwhile, we have learned that President Joe Biden will be arriving on Tuesday to visit the damage in New Jersey and Queens.