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September 8, 2021 7:00 AM

Tropical Depression Ida Recovery Info

See the updates listed below for the latest information and tips. Scroll to the bottom for information about applying for direct federal aid.

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September 9, 2021 4:22 PM

CDC Clean-up Safety Tips (excerpted from CDC website)

Get the right safety gear

  • Hard hats
  • Goggles
  • N95 masks (or a respirator with a higher protection level)
  • Heavy work gloves
  • Waterproof boots with steel toe and insole (not just steel shank)
  • Earplugs or protective headphones (if you’re working with noisy equipment)
  • At least two fire extinguishers (each with a UL rating of at least 10A)

If sewage is involved, make sure to wear the following during your cleanup:

  • Rubber boots
  • Rubber gloves
  • Goggles
  • Use teams to move heavy/bulky objects
  • Have teams of at least two people work together to move heavy or bulky objects.
  • Avoid lifting any material that weighs more than 50 pounds (per person).

Pace yourself

Cleaning up your home can be a big job. Be sure to take care of yourself:

  • Rest when you need to.
  • Decide which cleanup tasks are most important, and focus on those first. That way, you’re less likely to be overwhelmed.
  • Get help lifting heavy or bulky objects. If you lift too much on your own, you could hurt yourself.
  • Try to work with other people, so you aren’t alone.
  • Get support from family members, friends, counselors, or therapists.

Take precaution when using a chainsaw

  • When using a chain saw, always follow manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure to wear appropriate protective gear, and be sure that bystanders are a safe distance away.
  • Avoid contact with power lines, and take extra care in cutting trees or branches that are bent or caught under something else.
  • Use extreme caution to avoid electrical shock when using an electric chain saw.
  • For tips on safely operating a chain saw, see Preventing Chain Saw Injuries During Tree Removal After a Disaster.


Prevent mold growth

  • Clean up and dry your home quickly after the storm or flood ends- within 24 to 48 hours if possible.
  • Air out your house by opening doors and windows. Use fans to dry wet areas. Position fans to blow air out doors or windows.
  • Throw away anything that you can’t clean or dry quickly (such as mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam-rubber items, books, wall coverings, and paper products).
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters.
  • Thoroughly clean all wet items and surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent. For example, you’ll want to clean any flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks, and other plumbing fixtures.
  • Fix any leaks in roofs, walls, or plumbing as soon as you can.

Clean up mold with a mix of bleach and water

Disinfect Toys

Remember that anything that’s had contact with floodwater could carry germs. To keep your kids safe, make sure their toys are clean:

  • Make a cleaning fluid by mixing 1 cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water.
  • Wash off toys carefully with your cleaner.
  • Let the toys air dry.

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

  • Wash up with soap and water once you’re done cleaning.
  • If you have any open cuts or sores that were exposed to floodwater, wash them with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment to prevent an infection.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or sick.
  • Wash all clothes worn during the cleanup in hot water and detergent. These clothes should be washed separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.
  • For more tips on washing your hands, see Clean Hands Save Lives: Emergency Situations.

Be careful with floodwater- it can contain dangerous bacteria


  • Floodwater can contain dangerous bacteria from overflowing sewage and agricultural and industrial waste. While skin contact with floodwater doesn’t pose a serious health risk by itself, eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater can cause diseases.
  • If you have any open cuts or sores that will be exposed to floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and applying an antibiotic ointment to discourage infection. (See also Clean Hands Save Lives: Emergency Situations)
  • To reduce cold–related risks when standing or working in water which is cooler than 75 degrees F (24 degrees C), wear insulated clothes and insulated rubber boots, take frequent breaks out of the water, and change into dry clothing when possible.
  • See also Food, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Information for Use Before and After a Disaster or Emergency and Reentering Your Flooded Home.

Potential Hazards

  • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, leave your house/building and call 911 right away! Don’t turn on the lights, light matches, smoke, or do anything that can cause a spark. Don’t return to the building until you’re told it’s safe to do so.
  • Keep children and pets away from the affected area until cleanup has been completed.

Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Never use generators, pressure washers, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices inside your home, basement, garage, or camper—or even outside near an open window, door, or vent. Carbon monoxide—an odorless, colorless gas from these sources that can cause sudden illness and death—can build up indoors and poison the people and animals inside.
  • For more information, see Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After a Disaster.

Be aware of any electrical hazards

  • If electrical circuits and electrical equipment have gotten wet or are in or near water, turn off the power at the main breaker or fuse on the service panel. If you must enter standing water to access the main power switch, then call an electrician to turn it off.
  • Never turn power on or off or use an electric tool or appliance while standing in water.
  • Do not connect generators to your home’s electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices. If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard and it may endanger line workers helping to restore power in your area.

For more information, see Protect Yourself and Others from Electrical Hazards After a Disaster.

Prior Updates

September 9, 2021 4:04 PM

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.

September 9, 2021 4:02 PM

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):


  1. Online through DisasterAssistance.gov, which is efficient.
  2. FEMA smartphone app
  3. By phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability and use a Text Telephone (TTY), you may call 800-462-7585. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), please use the standard toll-free FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362).
  4. In person, and also watch for news of mobile FEMA Disaster Recovery Center locations. Visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) for more info.