Ida FEMA aid open to Dutchess residents


Seven weeks after parts of Dutchess County were submerged by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, residents of the county are eligible for federal relief funding.

Representatives Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck, and Sean Patrick Maloney, D-Cold Spring, announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is making assistance available to individual residents as of Wednesday. Dutchess had previously been excluded from the benefit, which was first extended to residents of Westchester and parts of New York City and Long Island, and then extended to Rockland.

The county and municipal governments of Mid Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island were also already eligible for FEMA assistance, as were some private nonprofits in those areas.

Previously: Dutchess, Orange eligible for FEMA assistance on Ida repairs, excluding individuals

“We have lost everything:” Dutchess is recovering after Ida floods houses and destroys roads

The storm hit the region on September 1 and 2. Many areas of southern, central and eastern Dutchess suffered flooding and several bridges and roads were washed away, including one on East Hook Road in southern Dutchess, which has since been replaced by a bridge. Several homes had flooded basements and businesses reported damage and loss of inventory. But the area was spared the worst damage seen in Westchester and New York, where several people died. And entire roads have been turned into rivers, into stationary cars.

Dutchess residents can request assistance by visiting DisasterAssistance.Gov, calling 1-800-21-3362, contacting the Delgado representative office at 1-845-443-2930, or visiting a recovery center after disaster.

Members of Congress have not specified where disaster recovery centers can be set up in Dutchess, but several are already operational in Westchester and Rockland, seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Locations include: Grinton I. Will Library, 1500 Central Park Ave., Yonkers; Mamaroneck Village Court Clerk’s Office, 169 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Mamaroneck; and Orangetown Soccer Complex Building, 175 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg. These are open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mobile disaster recovery centers will make stops in Westchester and Rockland, moving to different locations every three days between October 19 and October 30, FEMA said in a statement. FEMA staff, as well as representatives from other federal and state agencies, will be available to help people.

The US Small Business Administration will also have staff available to explain how to apply for low interest disaster loans.

Mobile disaster recovery centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here is where they will be located:

Westchester County

  • Tuesday October 19 to Thursday October 21: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford
  • From Saturday October 23 to Tuesday October 26 (closed Sunday October 24): Ossining Public Library, 53 Croton Ave., Ossining
  • Thursday October 28 to Saturday October 30: Port Chester Village Hall, 222 Grace Church St., Port Chester

Rockland County

  • Tuesday October 19 to Thursday October 21: Street Community Center, 31 Zukor Road, New City
  • From Sunday 24 to Tuesday 26 October: Mairie de Ramapo, 237 Route 59, Suffern
  • Thursday, October 28 to Saturday, October 30: Spring Valley Village Hall, 200 N. Main St., Spring Valley

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