Need funds for repairs after Storm Ida? FEMA opens office at Glenville Fire Hall to help

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GREENWICH – A federal office has opened in the city’s Glenville neighborhood to help local residents and small business owners apply for financial assistance to repair damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida in early September.

President Joseph Biden approved the state’s declaration of disaster on Oct. 31, and federal funds are now available to help with reconstruction after the severe storm hit the region, causing extensive damage to homes and businesses. More than 6 inches of rain fell in parts of Greenwich from September 1, inundating homes and blocking motorists in deep water.

The recovery center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.


The office is made up of representatives from FEMA and the US Small Business Administration, who can explain disaster assistance programs, answer questions about FEMA letters, and provide information on repairs and reconstruction for make houses more resilient to disasters.

Residents who have been affected by the major storm are urged to provide information about their insurance, according to FEMA. They should also provide directions to their homes and a description of the storm damage.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of disaster, according to FEMA.

As of Tuesday, more than 1,195 survivors signed up for federal aid, which approved more than $ 2.7 million in aid, FEMA said.

Impact of floods

In parts of Pemberwick, Storm Ida sent “literally a cascade” of water flowing through the neighborhood – and homes in the area.

“The people over there were devastated,” said senior selectman Fred Camillo at the time. “There was a lot of damage all over town because we were hit so hard. But here in Pemberwick, there were whole neighborhoods that were devastated.

A culvert near the Pemberwick Park sports ground drew in rainwater, Camillo said. During the storm, water poured into the areas of West Lyon Farm and Weaver Street, descending and pouring into the neighborhood, Camillo said. The baseball field, which was partially washed away by the storm, was also in need of emergency repairs, he said.

The devastating flood waters also caused extensive damage to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Byram, with water cascading through the building during the overnight storm. The flood affected the church and the rectory, destroying a kitchen, two furnaces, two water heaters, a washer and dryer, chairs, tables and other items.

The church will rebuild the lower level, where the boiler and the kitchen have been moved. In addition, a parishioner who lived in the basement of the presbytery lost all his personal belongings and was forced to move out.

Residents have about 60 days from the disaster declaration to file a request with FEMA, and city leaders aim to alert the public to the filing process.

“I hope we are all able to rebuild a stronger Greenwich,” said First Selectman Fred Camillo, who posted a number of useful links on the city’s website.

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