March 9, 2011
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES QUEENS TO RECEIVE MUCH-NEEDED FUNDS TO COVER SNOW REMOVAL COSTS AFTER HISTORIC CHRISTMAS STORM
Dec 26-27 Storm Buried Queens With Worst Snow In Recent Memory, Shutting Down The City For Days, And Leaving City With Millions in Clean-Up Costs
Under Newly Announced Expansion of Disaster Declaration, Queens Now Eligible For FEMA Reimbursement of Emergency Snow Removal Costs
Schumer: Queens Deserves Funding Assistance and Now It’s Getting It’s Due
Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer announced that President Obama has expanded the major disaster declaration for the State of New York issued after the devastating snow storm on December 26 – 27 to include snow removal assistance for Queens County. The original declaration by the Federal Emergency Management Agency only included assistance for Nassau, Rensselaer and Richmond Counties despite equally significant damage throughout New York City. During the storm, Queens localities struggled to clear roads, railways, subway and airport facilities while simultaneously providing emergency services to citizens. The designation allows reimbursement for emergency costs associated with snow removal in Queens.
“The Christmas snow storm left massive clean-up costs in its wake, but now Queens will get the help it deserves for the significant removal costs incurred in Queens after the storm,” Schumer said. “This storm was one of the worst New York City has seen in years, but by expanding the disaster declaration to include snow-removal costs for Queens, we can help make sure hard-pressed New Yorkers don’t have to shoulder these clean-up costs alone.”
The violent storm that slammed New York City and the surrounding areas on December 26th and 27th left a path of destruction unseen in decades, leaving cash-strapped communities across New York with hefty cleanup costs. Over 16 inches of snow fell in Queens County, leaving hundreds of residents stranded, shutting down all of JFK and LaGuardia airports, and leaving hundreds of roads buried in snow for days. The storm immobilized ambulances and caused major disruptions to the Long Island Rail Road and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where 500 A train riders were stranded by snowdrifts fοr seven hours. On top of record snow, the City was slammed by 30 to 50 mile per hour winds, creating poor visibility, and large snow drifts.