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Flood damage assessment in Long Island areas impacted by heavy rain and flash floods

ALBANY - The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will coordinate with local officials on flood damage assessments in Long Island following this week’s heavy rains and flash flooding. Gov. Andrew Cuomo additionally extended the hours and expanded the locations that the Department of Financial Services’ Mobile Command Center will be available to provide insurance help to residents affected by the flooding.

"Long Islanders have had more than their fair share of extreme weather, but this week’s rainfall was literally without precedent,” Governor Cuomo said. “We’re committed to doing everything we can to help in Long Island’s recovery and to ensure that those affected by the flooding that followed this record-breaking rainfall receive the help they need.”

In addition, New York State will be sponsoring a multi-agency Disaster Assistance Service Center at the Islip Town Complex, 401 Main Street, with various organizations and agencies including: American Red Cross; Office of Mental Health; Department of Health; Local Social Services; Office of Children and Family Services; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; and Department of Financial Services. This center is a “one-stop shop” that provides information and resources for disaster survivors.

The Center will be open beginning Friday, August 15 from noon to 7 p.m. The Center will also be open this weekend 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and next Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hours and days of operation are subject to change.

“There are a number steps homeowners and business owners can take to help expedite the insurance claims process. DFS will continue to work to help make sure people receive the relief to which they are entitled from their insurers,” Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky said.

Department of Financial Services representatives will be available in the MCC at the following locations:

  • Friday, August 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Brookhaven Township: Brookhaven Town Hall South Parking Lot, One Independence Hill, Farmingville
  • Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Babylon Township: Babylon Town Hall Parking Lot, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst

People in need of assistance who are unable to visit the Mobile Command Center can call the Department's Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759 for help with insurance-related issues. The DFS is extending the operating hours for the hotline this week, today and Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Most flooding issues on State highways have been cleared and all roads are open.