City takes steps to help homeowners affected by sewer blockage
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Mayor Bill de Blasio visits the home of a Queens resident affected by this weekend’s sewage blockage in South Ozone Park. (Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio visits the home of a Queens resident affected by this weekend’s sewage blockage in South Ozone Park. (Photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)
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The city will take emergency measures to help Ozone Park residents affected by a sewer blockage clean their homes.

NYC Emergency Management in conjunction with the Department of Small Business Services will use emergency procurement to hire contractors to help with the effort.

Cleaning begin Monday night and will continue until all homes are clean, while residents file claims with their insurance companies and reimbursement claims with the comptroller.

“I feel for the homeowners in Queens who were affected by the sewage blockage this weekend,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, who visited the area Monday afternoon. “We are going to work with each and every New Yorker who experienced flooding to make sure they get back on their feet.”

The City has set up a service center at the Courtyard Marriot at 145-11 North Conduit Avenue to function as a central point for homeowners to reach city resources. Workers will help affected residents fill out claim forms in order to be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses.

“As the cause of the incident is investigated, I urge impacted homeowners to file a notice of claim with my office within 90 days of the incident and to contact their insurance companies immediately,” said Comptroller Scott Stringer.

To date, the City has confirmed that 74 homes were affected by flooding. The Department of Environmental Protection has installed a bypass pump to assist with flooding while repairs to the sewage line are ongoing and additional equipment is brought into the area.

New York City Emergency Management and the FDNY are bringing in portable heaters for those whose boilers were affected. The FDNY has emergency resources staged in the area to immediately respond to any emergencies. Drinking water remains safe and unaffected.

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