Federal Flood Assistance Available for July 10 Storm



Federal Flood Assistance Available for July 10 Storm

Financial Assistance (updated 7/29/2010)
The U.S. Small Business Administration has declared the severe storms and flooding of July 10, 2010 that affected much of Eastern Middlesex County a disaster. This declaration allows eligible parties to apply for low interest loans to recover from physical damage and/or economic injury.

The deadline to apply for a physical damage loan is September 27, 2010. For economic injury the date is April 27, 2011. Learn more.

The Home Improvement Program at Homeowners Rehab have available affordable financing, free construction and project management for those who qualify to repair their flood damaged homes. Learn more at: http://www.homeownersrehab.org/home.php.

Preparing for a Flood/Post Flood Clean-up

The recent heavy and flashy rains have caused flooding in areas throughout the City that normally do not experience flooding. Residents should be proactive in protecting their properties from potential floods by following the following simple steps:

If you do not have a sump pump have a floor pump readily available,

Ensure that gutters and downspouts are working properly and are directed away from foundations, do not direct flood waters onto your neighbors property,

Seal all known cracks where water can enter the property and protect low areas with sand bags if necessary, and

To the extent possible raise all valuable items above flood levels where flooding has previously occurred.

For additional information on cleaning up after a flood and for additional steps to take to protect your property from floods in the future see the following helpful links.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will have a Field Team on-hand at the Home Depot at 75 Mystic Avenue in Somerville through July 27, and potentially until Aug. 3 (depending on need) to provide guidance to residents regarding proper procedures for dealing with mold and mildew removal, and disposal of flood damaged materials

MA DEP: Flooding and Sewerage Back-ups: Home Care Guide
American Red Cross
FEMA – After a Flood
Cambridge Public Health Alliance - Flooding Information for Residents and Businesses

If you need immediate assistance with housing or other social service needs, please call '211'. See www.mass211.org for more information.

Please contact the Sewer Maintenance Division at 617 349 4861 or theworks@cambridgema.gov  for any issue regarding sewer backup problems or flooding problems.

For questions regarding disposal of flood-damaged items, please call DPW at (617) 349-4800 or visit the Solid Waste web page

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