FEMA denies aid to Long Islanders who suffered flood damage

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had denied aid to thousands of Long Islanders whose homes were damaged by flooding in October.

While Suffolk officials estimate the flooding caused $47 million in damage to the county, Nassau reported millions more. Many residents say they are now forced to pay repair bills up to $20,000 and are not receiving any help from the government.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says FEMA officials believe state and local governments do not need federal help. He says he is planning on appealing the decision.

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