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Cuomo asks feds to review LI flood damage

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced he is asking for a federal assessment of the flood damage in Suffolk County to see if property owners are eligible for disaster loans and other aid. The Town of Islip had 13.5 inches of rain on August 13, a one-day record. The record-breaking rainfall sparked flash floods that damaged an estimated 400 Long Island homes.

Moffit Boulevard was one of hardest hit streets in Islip. A set of stairs was demolished. Several cars were flooded and totaled. A front porch got pushed to the back of a house. The stench of mold and mildew is so unbearable inside Steve Bertini's home that he can only stand it for a few minutes at a time.

Belongings have been tossed onto many side streets in Islip, awaiting sanitation pickup. Most of the homeowners whose properties were flooded did not have flood insurance because they're not in a flood zone.

Town inspectors are now going door to door assessing the damage. Islip officials are urging residents to let inspectors in so they can do their job. The damage in Islip must reach a certain amount in order to qualify for federal financial aid.

Bertini said the only help he has received so far is a bucket, a mop, and some bleach.

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