FEMA Urged to Extend Dumpster Use for Breezy Residents
Breezy Point has a long way to go in the post-Sandy recovery process and many are still doing heavy debris removal. Acknowledging this, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder is urging FEMA to partner with local and state government agencies to provide immediate debris removal services for residents of Breezy Point.
The Army Corps of Engineers has been providing debris removal services and dumpster use to residents, but the contract for this service expired on April 28th and the dumpsters were to be removed.
“We are making slow progress, but our recovery is not complete,” Goldfeder said in a media release. “There is still a tremendous need for storm debris removal across Southern Queens and Rockaway and especially in Breezy Point. Residents and families have been delayed in their recovery efforts because they couldn’t access their home, were held-up by FEMA flood maps, or are still waiting on insurance checks to arrive.”
With the contract with the Army Corps of Engineers expiring, homeowners who aren’t finished with demolition or reconstruction projects must arrange and pay for their own debris removal service.
Goldfeder wrote a letter to FEMA, asking them to provide dumpsters for residents or to provide other affordable debris removal services for Breezy Point homeowners.
“It has been six months since Sandy and contrary to the belief of some agencies, hundreds of families are still trying to rebuild,” said Goldfeder. “It is important that we continue to do everything we can to ensure a full recovery, until every family has safely returned to their homes and our businesses have reopened their doors.”