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FEMA, state agency to host sessions on flooding, hurricanes

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and New York State Emergency Management Office will hold informational sessions for Long Island residents regarding potential flooding or hurricanes, as well as flood insurance and preparedness.

Low-lying areas of Long Island and those near rivers and streams have been devastated by rising groundwater brought on by torrential rains that have flooded basements, compromised septic systems and caused mold problems. Some homes have been affected since the October 2005 rains.

The sessions will take place at Home Depot and Lowe's centers across Long Island. All meetings will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through June 19.

May 23-May 29: The Home Depot stores at 2000 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 101 Green Acres Rd., Valley Stream; 600 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; 1300-1320 Corporate Dr., Westbury; 86 Jericho Tpke., Jericho. Lowe's Home Improvement stores at 700 Dibblee Dr., Garden City; 920 Broadway, Hicksville.

May 30 to June 5: The Home Depot stores at 160 E. Sunrise Hwy., Freeport; 172 Fulton Ave., Hempstead; 111 Jericho Tpke., Syosset; 202 Airport Plaza Blvd., Farmingdale; Lowe's Home Improvement store at 90 Price Pkwy., Farmingdale.

June 6-12: The Home Depot stores at 5025 Jericho Tpke., Commack; 346 Middle Country Rd., Coram; 839 New York Ave., Huntington; 10 Gateway Blvd., Patchogue; Lowe's Home Improvement stores at 2796 Route 112, Medford; 825 Montauk Hwy., East Patchogue.

June 13-19: The Home Depot stores at 301 S. Research Pl., Central Islip; 1881 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore; 1101 Sunrise Hwy., Copiague; 475 Commack Rd., Deer Park; 401 Independence Plaza, Selden; Lowe's Home Improvement stores at 2150 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook; 800 Sunrise Hwy., Bay Shore.

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