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More Relief Is on the Way for New Yorkers Recovering From Ida

By Ashley Wong

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It’s Wednesday.

Weather: Mostly sunny until midafternoon, when rain and thunderstorms sweep in and continue into the night. Heavy downpours could cause flooding in the region. High in the low 80s.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended today (Rosh Hashana).

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday eliminating city permit fees for New Yorkers trying to repair their homes following last week’s deadly floods.

The flooding last week turned many basement apartments into death traps, particularly in Queens, where many low-income and immigrant communities reside in basement homes that are not up to safety codes.

Getting permits from the city to do major construction on these homes could set people back anywhere from $100 to $1,200 each, Mr. de Blasio said during a news conference.

“We don’t want to see anyone have to pay for a permit who’s just been through a horrible disaster,” Mr. de Blasio said.

[Read more about what to do if your home flooded during Ida and federal aid for the New York region.]

More storm relief for New Yorkers

The city has partnered with the American Red Cross to temporarily house New Yorkers in hotels while they repair their homes. Residents can also call 311 to have the city’s sanitation department pump water out of their homes for free.

The Red Cross will provide one debit card per household with up to $515 to pay for basic needs, and New Yorkers can apply for FEMA grants to help pay for damages up to $36,000 each. Mr. de Blasio said New Yorkers should call 311 to learn more.

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