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See the updates listed below for the latest information and tips. Scroll to the bottom for information about applying for direct federal aid.
CDC Clean-up Safety Tips (excerpted from CDC website)
Get the right safety gear
If sewage is involved, make sure to wear the following during your cleanup:
Cleaning up your home can be a big job. Be sure to take care of yourself:
Take precaution when using a chainsaw
Prevent mold growth
Clean up mold with a mix of bleach and water
Remember that anything that’s had contact with floodwater could carry germs. To keep your kids safe, make sure their toys are clean:
You may not be able to kill germs on some toys — like stuffed animals and baby toys. Throw out toys you can’t clean.
Wash up with soap and water
Be careful with floodwater- it can contain dangerous bacteria
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning
Be aware of any electrical hazards
For more information, see Protect Yourself and Others from Electrical Hazards After a Disaster.
Update on Flood-Damaged Household Item Collection
The Scarsdale Sanitation and Highways personnel are working collaboratively in a herculean effort to maintain both routine refuse and recycling pickups and those associated with removing flood-damaged household items. Please note that no construction debris will be collected.
As currently planned, and contingent upon the volume of flood-damaged household items that continue to be placed curbside for pickup, the Village’s target is to have all such items picked up by the end of our operating day on Saturday, September 11.
Procedurally, as our Sanitation teams complete routine pickups, they are also picking up smaller accumulations of flood-damaged household items. When they encounter larger items and/or larger accumulations, our Highways personnel are notified and will later respond with heavy equipment in order to clear the items more efficiently and help to avoid worker injuries.
Although the Highways team is working from the list provided by Sanitation, which identifies a combination of individual properties and neighborhood sections requiring Highways support, our Highway personnel have been instructed to also pickup from any adjacent or nearby properties where such large accumulations are observed, provided the vehicle has adequate capacity.
Because of the sheer volume of material, please also note that our disposal vehicles must make more frequent trips to the Westchester County Transfer Station, which impedes the speed with which we are able to clear all curbside, flood-damaged household items.
In addition, Scarsdale homeowners may elect to hire an independent carrier to remove flood-damaged household items and deliver them to the Recycling Center, 110 Secor Road. However, the property owner must provide the hauler with a hand-signed letter indicating the items came from their residence. The letter must also include a contact phone number in the event that our Sanitation personnel have any questions. Again, no construction debris will be accepted. The Recycling Center will be open Saturday and have extra staff on-hand to assist residents with material handling.
Please call Scarsdale Sanitation at 914-722-1294 with any questions.
Applying for Direct Federal Aid
On September 06, 2021, the White House announced that President Biden approved a Major Disaster Declaration for portions of our region, including Westchester County. The Declaration authorizes direct federal aid to persons and businesses having experienced uninsured financial losses in connection with Tropical Depression Ida. In addition to exploring opportunities below, impacted businesses should visit the SBA’s Disaster Loan Assistance Portal.
The State of New York has established a Governor’s Relief and Response Resources webpage providing both flood information resources and recovery assistance information. The Getting Relief after a Disaster page is a good place to start.
The Individuals and Households Program is a key program. Before one applies for disaster assistance, be sure to have completed the following steps:
Step One: Take photos of your damaged home and belongings; samples of costly materials can help.
Step Two: Make a list of damaged/lost items and include repair/replacement costs/estimates, & receipts.
Step Three: If you have insurance, you must file a claim with your insurance company and you will need their determination letter to apply for assistance. If you do not have insurance, continue to Step Four.
Step Four: Apply for assistance. Several options are available (businesses should also visit the SBA):