Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney are pleased to announce that the New York Rising Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funding has approved the Town of Hempstead’s request for $400,000 in funding for areas of the Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh communities affected by widespread flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy. Although over two years have passed since the superstorm devastated areas throughout the Town of Hempstead, for communities affected, the rebuilding process continues.
The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program was created to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Hurricanes Sandy and Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. There are six communities within the Town of Hempstead that have been recognized as the most affected communities within the state of New York. The Town of Hempstead has filed the claim on behalf of the Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh communities.
“Hempstead Town has been aggressive in pursuing aid to mitigate additional financial impact for residents who have been tragically victimized by Hurricane Sandy,” stated Supervisor Murray. “We wanted the cost of these projects to not fall directly on the taxpayers, and the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program has made this possible.”
This funding will aide in developing a Comprehensive Master Drainage Plan and Study for the NY Rising Community Reconstruction areas of Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh for widespread flooding from Superstorm Sandy. This project will provide a “roadmap” for drainage infrastructure upgrades to answer unmet recovery needs, and ensure a flood-protected community.
“We are grateful that the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is helping the Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh communities determine infrastructure needs to protect the areas from future flooding,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney.
“The south shore communities of Bellmore, Merrick, Seaford and Wantagh were extremely affected by Hurricane Sandy and it is comforting to know they are receiving much needed assistance to continue to rebuild and protect residents from future storms,” concluded Supervisor Murray.