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Beep calls for flood aid applicants

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall is urging residents and business owners who suffered losses or damages from the severe August 8 storms to apply for federal disaster aid as quickly as possible.
“Many of our residents and business owners suffered greatly as a result of this storm, which flooded hundreds of basements, paralyzed subway lines and caused monumental traffic problems on a hot and humid day,” Marshall said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared Queens a disaster area on August 31, in the wake of severe flooding that hit numerous communities across the borough.
Applicants for federal aid must register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or by going to www.fema.gov. Officials said that phone lines will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hearing impaired persons can use the Text Telephone (TTY) 800-462-7585.
A Borough of Queens Disaster Assistance Service Center is also now open in Flushing at 137-77 Northern Boulevard from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Center is open every day except Sunday. Visitors looking for more information at the Center should bring their FEMA registration number with them.
Updates on actions in the wake of the disaster declaration will be available by calling the city’s 3-1-1 communications center (TTY: 212-504-4115) or on the City’s Office of Emergency Management website at www.nyc.gov/oem.

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