City applies for FEMA funds after Hurricane Irene
Timing and luck minimize Hurricane Irene impacts
Mother Nature spared most of Delaware from what could have been widespread devastating effects of gargantuan Hurricane Irene. Our small City sustained relatively minimal damage as a result of the wind and rain. A handful of streets and other areas were flooded, mostly as a result of the heavy rainfall. When the worst of the hurricane blew through this area the Delaware River was at or near low tide – a very lucky coincidence with the result of the River overflowing only slightly in a few areas.
Even though President Obama issued a disaster declaration for Delaware, due to the low total dollar amount of damage throughout all of New Castle County, the City was limited in what we could claim for reimbursement through FEMA. We recently completed the submittal process, with our claims totaling a little more than $15,000, of which we are eligible to receive 75 percent reimbursement.