Update: Mayor: FEMA Is Here at Bower School Till Friday

FEMA arrived in Lindenhurst today and will be here tomorrow. Mayor encourages residents to go register.

Update, Friday, 2 p.m.: FEMA will interview each resident, taking their complete information and contact numbers, and distribute necessary immediate help like food or help with arranging housing. The information that's collected today will be used to help later with financial needs of those who have registered and have gone through the registration/interview process. FEMA will not provide immediate loans for repairs to residents at this stage.

That's according to Ray Fais, the emergency coordinator for the Village of Lindenhurst, who clarified the process this afternoon in a phone to Patch.


FEMA arrived in Lindenhurst today to help residents ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, and will be here tomorrow.

That's according to Mayor Tom Brennan, who told Lindehurst Patch on Thursday afternoon the van is set up at Bower Elementary School on Monatuk Highway.

"They're here today and tomorrow, so residents should go and register," he said, who added residents should contact their insurance companies as soon as they can now, in addition to registering with FEMA.

The mayor also said Thursday saw the Village's continued the clean-up South of Montauk Highway that was started yesterday by the Village when the last of the record-high, eight-foot tidal/storm surge finally receded to allow contractors down to clear the streets.

"Right now we're cleaning up, and splitting our crews up into two 12-hour shifts," he said.

The Village has also been going since Wednesday clearing the streets North of Montauk of major blockages involving trees entangled in downed wires.

The Department of Public Works went as far as it could on Tuesday to clear streets of trees, limbs and branches, but it had to wait until Wednesday when a LIPA crew was finally deployed to the Village. LIPA's contractor Asplundh was also deployed to Lindenhurst.

There were 17 major street blockages involving large, downed trees and wires in the Village, and as of Thursday, all but one has been removed, according to the mayor.

The last one, on South Third Street, invloves a tree on a house, and the Village is working with the homeowner to make sure it can be removed sooner rather than later.

All of the streets have been opened up, as opposed to Tuesday night when Suffolk Police and the National Guiard stood watch at the top of every block in Lindenhurst from the Venetian Shores area West into Copiague.

With the streets opened up to South of Montauk, the mayor said, "We're trying to keep gawkers out...The Suffolk Police are doing an excellent job of helping us with what we need."

For the past couple of days the police were tasked with only letting residents into the devastated areas of Lindenhurst South of Montauk.

The mayor also indicated Village garbage collection is back to normal.


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Robyn Cavalieri November 02, 2012 at 01:50 PM
We are looking for Gloria and George. Their house was on walnut down on the canal. Has anyone heard from them. I have not been able to get down their and the extended family in kentucky is unable to reach them by phone. Please help1
Barbara Capella Loehr November 02, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Hi there. If you're looking for family members and friends, there are three numbers that might help: 1. Call the Village of Lindenhurst at 631-957-7500 2. Babylon Town at 631-422-7600 3. Suffolk County Police 1st Precinct at 631-854-8100 Please note cell service is very spotty in Lindenhurst, and much of Lindenhurst is still without power. Hope this helps, and they are found safe and sound through all of this.
Christina Ward November 04, 2012 at 01:00 PM
I would like to know why FEMA was in Lindy only until Friday? shouldn't they be there longer? We have way too many people without homes or ones what are not habitable at all...


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