Brookhaven Eligible for FEMA Reimbursement as Town Cleans Up

State of emergency will allow the town to receive FEMA funding.

Cleaning up following Sunday's tropical storm won't be a quick or easy process – but along the way, the town will record expenses and Brookhaven will be eligible for FEMA reimbursement, supervisor Mark Lesko said Sunday.

Because a state of emergency was declared in New York State before the storm hit, Lesko said, the town can receive reimbursements from FEMA for expenses incurred during the aftermath.

Cleanup began with what Lesko described as a "push and clear" approach. First, crews from the highway, parks, and waste management departments will push large debris and downed trees off to the side of the roadway, so traffic can pass through more easily. Then, they will return to clear the debris off the side of the roads.

Brookhaven town called its parks, highway, and waste management staff into action shortly before 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Concurrently, Lesko said, LIPA and National Grid will assess the extent of the damage to power lines.

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Before either LIPA or the town crews could proceed, though, Lesko said police and fire crews performed a life safety evaluation.

"The police and fire departments make an assessment as to if anyone’s in danger and obviously that takes priority to remove those folks from those situations," he said.

"Residents need to know, though, there’s a lot of damage out there," he added. "It’s not going to happen overnight to get this cleaned up and get power turned on."

While major flooding in areas like Port Jefferson Village, Patchogue, Strong's Neck and Cedar Beach was reported during and immediately after the storm, those areas were not as severely affected as Mastic Beach has been, Lesko said.

"On the south shore, pretty much every community has its concerns ... Mastic Beach is the one that I’m really, really worried about," he said.

Veronica Boehler-Csoka August 29, 2011 at 02:55 AM
so my parents live in patchogue on smith st. and there yard is a lake, what are you going to be doing about that?
Mark Wilson August 29, 2011 at 05:50 AM
What's the political party, they are registerd as with the Board of Elections ?
Mark Wilson August 29, 2011 at 06:02 AM
This FEMA reimbursement means that Brookhaven Tax Payers get to pay for the Town hurricane expenses TWICE...your property taxes AND your Federal Taxes ! Isn't that "special" !
Richard August 29, 2011 at 06:51 PM
A tree has been down on our street since this storm with wires down. it has been reported ten times and still no one has even been down to look at it. in Canon Lake. area. the street is closed.
Mark Wilson August 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Richard, I say give your Town Board member HECK, or...get together with your neighbors and chip-in for a private contractor. THEN send the bill to the Town or take them to court...most likely they will pay you back to avoid any bad publicity. REMEMBER, it may be election year where are, so exploit it !


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