Maloney Backs Hochul’s Upcoming FEMA Request and Offers Help to Constituents Impacted by Storm Ida
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) release the following statement in response to the flooding and damage caused by Tropical Storm Ida in the Hudson Valley.
“The historic deluge caused by Tropical Storm Ida has hit the Hudson Valley hard,” said Rep. Maloney. “I support the Governor’s imminent request for FEMA assistance and will continue to fight for all and any federal aid necessary to respond and recover from this storm. My thanks to President Biden for already agreeing to approve the resources New York needs to fully recover. If you or a loved one have lost power or are in need to immediate assistance, please call my office at 845-561-1259. I am here to help.”
Rainfall from Hurricane Ida caused serious flooding throughout the Hudson Valley on Wednesday night into Thursday morning, resulting in road closures, a bridge collapse, power outages, transit shutdowns, and school closures and delays. Rep. Maloney’s office is monitoring the situation and offering assistance to any constituent in need. They can be reached at 845-561-1259.
Protection and recovery assistance for farmers:
Since coming to Congress, Rep. Maloney has passed several landmark, bipartisan bills to help local farmers make ends meet. His Creating Reliability for Our Producers (CROP) Act was signed into law as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. This reformed the specialty crop insurance program by investing in the development of new and improved plans that better protect small, diversified family farms. His legislation to make whole farm crop insurance more accessible and effective for diversified, organic, beginning, and other farmers not adequately served by other risk management options was also included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Hudson Valley farms often grow a variety of different crops, unlike many farms nationally, which grow only a single crop over thousands of acres. This bill was designed to tailor the program to the needs of local farmers in New York. He has also passed legislation to address local flooding issues with producers whose operations contain muck soils.
For assistance accessing these programs, please contact the office by calling 845-561-1259 or visit https://www.farmers.gov/protection-recovery#recovery for help with crops, plants, animals, and livestock.
To report a power outage or partial outage:
Central Hudson - https://www.cenhud.com/outages/report-outage-or-check-status
General safety information for flooding in homes:
- Shut off any power around the area, including electricity and gas. Do not enter a flooded area while the power is on.
- Wear boots and gloves for protection. Use caution when walking and moving around the flooded area since it will likely offer itself as a slipping hazard.
- Don’t touch electrical items like TVs, stereos or lamps, even after the electricity is disconnected. Let electrical items dry in place and refer to an electrician or qualified repairman to determine the amount of damage.
- Start removing water from the basement. Depending on the amount of water, you can use a sump pump, a pool pump, a wet/dry vacuum or a mop and bucket. Sump pumps are located in the lowest part of a basement and work by sending water away from the home after a flooding. Without a sump pump, water can come up through the ground and enter the home causing flooding in not only the basement, but other parts of the house as well.
- Move damaged items out of the basement to dry in a well-ventilated area. If weather permits, a sunny place is the best option. Try not to dry out items inside the damp basement. Give items 48 hours to thoroughly dry. If they remain wet, they may need to be discarded.
- Remove carpeting from basement as soon as possible. Consult a restoration specialist or a carpet cleaning contractor for recommendations. If carpet isn’t dried properly, it can also harbor mold and mildew.
- Let the basement dry for several days. Open windows and doors to get as much ventilation as possible, and place fans around the room for air circulation and to speed drying time. You can also rent a dehumidifier.
- Wash down floors and walls to remove any dirt left behind by the water. Remove any wet or damaged drywall and insulation to prevent the spreading of mold.
- When the floor and walls are dry, use an anti-mildew spray to discourage mold and mildew from developing.
- If you have flood insurance, call your home insurance company and report the flood. Confirm your coverage limits, deductible amount, and claim procedures