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Schumer calls on FEMA for Nissequogue River flood relief

Victims of flooding from the Nissequogue River may be in for some relief.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to approve Suffolk County's application for hazard mitigation grants. The money would support the county's Northeast Branch Nissequogue River Restoration Project, a $1.1 million effort that will mitigate recurring groundwater flooding by improving stormwater infrastructure.

"The cheapest way to deal with flood damage is to prevent it in the first place," Schumer said in a news release. "Nearly one thousand homes have been impacted by the recurring flooding of Nissequogue River and this restoration project is vital in ensuring this problem be put to an end."

Schumer said it will reduce groundwater flooding around Miller's Pond and the northeast branch of the Nissequogue River, where more than 900 homes have been identified as having experienced damage related to flooding.

Residents and business owners have incurred the cost of pumping out basements, cleaning their locations of mold, and replacing walls and dehumidifiers, among other costs.

"Working with the Village of the Branch, and the Smithtown Town Board, we've started the remediation process, which produced measurable results," said Suffolk County Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. "Now it's time for FEMA to approve funding for this much-needed project and deliver long-term relief to the residents of the Town and Village."

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