FEMA Reimburses Croton For Tropical Storm Irene

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Water rushed over the Croton Dam during tropical storm Irene, the Village of Croton is being reimbursed for damages more than one year after the storm's first anniversary. Photo Credit: Jack Manno

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – More than one year after tropical storm Irene wreaked havoc on several public properties in the Village of Croton, the village is beginning to see reimbursement checks from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Management Office (SEMO).

"This covers about 28 or 29 specific projects, which occurred during Hurricane Irene, but there's still some projects of magnitude that we still might get additional money," said Trustee Ann Gallelli, as the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to accept the federal and state disaster reimbursements.

Village officials accepted $159,801 from FEMA and SEMO offices Monday evening, the second half of payment on $209,707 in projects dually approved by the agencies.

According to village manager Abraham Zambrano, the village is applying for $600,000 more in FEMA funding for damages incurred during the storm, including a damaged dam at Black Rock Park and another at the Water Department.

Zambrano called the application process for federal funds "grueling," saying long hours were put into the projects.

"Kudos to the staff for following up on this," said Trustees Greg Schmidt. 

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