Money to rebuild South Side Hose Company No. 2 firehouse in Oceanside still pending
OCEANSIDE - Some of Long Island's bravest are being forced to operate out of a gutted building after Sandy destroyed their firehouse.
It has been more than a year, and South Side Hose Company No. 2 Inc. tells News 12 it is still waiting for money promised to it.
Steve Bresin, of the South Side Hose Company, says it has not received the $500,000 it was promised by FEMA and New York Rising that it needs to rebuild.
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Both programs say the company was approved, but that the process of approval is going through steps and patience is needed.
Bresin says the building took in about 38 inches of water during Sandy. Trucks and equipment were damaged.
A representative with New York Rising tells News 12 that the firehouse’s application is under review. New York Rising anticipates it will be resolved in the coming weeks.
A spokesperson for FEMA says funds have not been awarded yet because of an application issue. FEMA is now reviewing and resolving the issue.