April 16, 2007
COUNTY URGES RESIDENTS WHO ARE IMPACTED BY STORM
TO DOCUMENT LOSSES WITH PHOTOS AND RECEIPTS
County will use information to try to qualify for federal disaster aid
County Executive Andy Spano urges residents who have suffered damages due to the storm to document their losses with photos and receipts.
The county will need this information as it attempts to qualify for any disaster aid from the federal government. People should gather their information and await further word on what to do with the information.
The county is also advising people not to deliberately walk into the flood waters, as was done Sunday by Iona College students. These waters are potentially filled with dangerous chemicals, including oil and sludge.
The county’s parkways generally remain impassable today.
Spano yesterday declared a state of emergency due to widespread flooding, particularly in the Sound Shore area. And at his request, Gov. Spitzer has send additional resources to the region.
Since the start of the storm, the county Department of Pubic Safety responded to 21 property damage motor vehicles, five accidents with injuries, 79 disabled vehicles, 15 abandoned vehicles that they were able to assist and many other abandoned vehicles underwater.
Bee-Line buses and Paratransit runs are experiencing considerable system-wide delays due to wide spread road closures. The county airport remains open, but with many delays. People are advised to check with their carriers.
The county continues to monitor the situation and assist local municipalities.