Hempstead officials are seeking government assistance in securing funds to help fix the damage caused by flooding and high winds on South Shore in the days leading up to Christmas.
Hempstead Supervisor Don Clavin and U.S. Rep. Anthony D’Esposito (R-Island Park) sent a letter to Gov. Kathy Hochul last week asking her to request that President Joe Biden issue a formal disaster declaration covering the communities most directly impacted by what they are calling the “Christmas tidal flood.”
“Accessing federal resources via FEMA would provide New York State the opportunity to assist Long Islanders severely impacted by storm damage,” said the letter. “In addition to contacting FEMA, we request that you explore all avenues and utilize all available New York State resources to further support our constituents struggling to overcome the impacts of the Christmas tidal flood. We stand ready as your partners in government to support you in this endeavor.”
Part of the South Shore that experienced water levels as high as 7 feet include Freeport, Baldwin Bay and Hempstead Bay, according to NBC New York.
An emergency declaration from the federal government would make available a significant amount of resources deemed vital for South Shore residents eager to complete their oftentimes expensive storm repairs,” the letter said.