FEMA reverses decision on Riverhead storm aid
Four months after a nor'easter flooded parts of Riverhead, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reversed its decision to deny local homeowners disaster assistance.
More than a dozen people were left homeless after severe thunderstorms flooded Horton Avenue on March 15 and 29. FEMA denied federal aid for the latter of the two storms, but now Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) says affected homeowners will receive $6 million in assistance.
Ivory Brown, who lost her home in the flooding, says she's relieved that FEMA is coming to her aid.
Homeowners can begin filing applications for assistance tomorrow. Officials estimate that aid will be received within three to six months.