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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released Preliminary Work Maps for New York City that reflect the latest refinements to the ongoing analysis of coastal flood hazards. The release of the Preliminary Work Maps is the next step in the coastal Flood Insurance Study update. The Preliminary Work Maps replace the Advisory Base Flood Elevation Maps for New York City that were released earlier this year. Property owners should use these new maps to inform rebuilding and other ongoing construction.
NEW YORK — Since Hurricane Sandy struck New York, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $1.3 billion in Public Assistance grants to reimburse local, state and tribal governments and eligible private nonprofits for some of the costs of emergency response, debris removal and repairing or rebuilding damaged public facilities. Approximately 1,325 grants have been approved so far. Here are some of the recent reimbursements:
NEW YORK – FEMA has awarded more than $1.6 million to the New York City Department of Transportation for repairs to the Carroll Street Bridge, which sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy. A historic crossing over the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, N.Y., Carroll Street Bridge is one of only a few bridges in the United States that retracts horizontally to open for marine traffic (known as a “retractile”). The bridge first opened to traffic in 1889 and is the only remaining wooden bridge that carries cars in the city.
NEW YORK – The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 39-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program, which allows eligible survivors from Hurricane Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels.
NEW YORK – At the request of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, President Obama has approved a federal cost-share increase for projects funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance grant program from 75 percent to 90 percent. This increase allows FEMA to reimburse local, state and tribal governments and certain private nonprofit organizations 90 percent of eligible costs of emergency expenses, debris removal and infrastructure repair. The remaining 10 percent is provided by non-federal funds.
NEW YORK – As hurricane season approaches, pledge to protect your family, friends and businesses by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration have partnered again this year to promote National Hurricane Preparedness Week.