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New Yorkers must apply for Ida Relief Tuesday; New Jersey has CBS New York through Wednesday


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York and New Jersey residents affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida have run out of time to apply for federal aid.

Tuesday is the deadline for New Yorkers to file an application with FEMA. There is a midnight deadline for online applications and a deadline of 11 p.m. for applications by telephone.

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The people of New Jersey have until Wednesday.

Low-interest loans are available for storm victims. Residents can use the money for rental support and home repairs that are not covered by insurance.

CBS2’s Lisa Rozner met with some of the hardest hit homeowners Tuesday.

“We need help. We need help urgently,” said Enid Earles of Westerleigh.

It’s a screaming plea four months after September 1, when torrential rains from Ida swept the first floor of Earles’ house on Caswell Avenue.

Sentimental items from the civil war were destroyed, as were the bare minimums, including her car. Earles and her two sisters and nephew share a 1991 Nissan for getting around.

They say FEMA didn’t give them nearly the $ 100,000 they estimate to spend on repairs.

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“In a matter of minutes, your whole world can be turned upside down,” said Carol Johnston of Westerleigh.

Across the street, a tarpaulin covers Pat Leuschner’s garage. The doors are reordered until April.

His basement was cleared out and he says some FEMA money helped.

“We lost the heaters, the washing machine, the dryer, the stove, the refrigerator. It just went on and on and on, ”he said.

Most of the people Rozner spoke to say they are now asking FEMA for more help. You say politicians promised to get the full amount.

On 183rd Street in Hollis, Queens, there is a partial eviction order for the house where a mother and son died in the basement apartment.

The homeowner tells CBS2 that it needs more than $ 200,000 in repairs. FEMA gave them just under $ 13,000.

Across the street, Sahadeo Bhagwandin says they have up to $ 180,000 in damages and have received $ 17,000 from FEMA.

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According to FEMA, those who have already received a response will have 60 days from that date to submit a written objection. The maximum grant FEMA awards is $ 36,000.


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