Sandy: What Westchester, Hudson Valley need to know

A crew from Hudson Valley Landscape and Tree A crew from Hudson Valley Landscape and Tree Service removes a 100-year-old tree that fell on the Collazuol family home at 3 Tappan Zee Terrace in South Nyack during Hurricane Sandy. Tree removal companies from around the country have made big money removing trees that fell after Hurricane Sandy passed through the Northeast on October 29. (Oct. 30, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

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Westchester and Rockland have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of Hurricane Sandy. This makes local residents and businesses eligible for federal relief assistance.

Disaster Assistance:

To qualify, those who have unreimbursed losses must first register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency by visiting   www.DisasterAssistance.gov .  

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You can also apply via smart phone at  m.fema.gov

@Newsday

 or by calling 
1-800-621-3362.

Impact:

Sandy claimed at least 48 lives in New York -- five in the Hudson Valley. 

Two young boys were killed when a tree fell on their home in North Salem. A man was killed in an accident on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers. Another man was killed by a falling tree in Pearl River in Rockland County. And a woman driving alone was killed in Ulster County.

The storm caused more than $30 billion in damage in the state. In Westchester County, it is estimated that the cost of property damage and other expenses would be at least $100 million. 

More than 500,000 homes lost power in Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley.

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