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Yonkers couple seeks help from damage caused by remnants of Ida

People in one Yonkers neighborhood say they desperately need help picking up the pieces from the remnants of Ida that hit the Hudson Valley more than a month ago.

News 12 Staff

Oct 7, 2021, 12:18 AM

Updated 989 days ago

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People in one Yonkers neighborhood say they desperately need help picking up the pieces from the remnants of Ida that hit the Hudson Valley more than a month ago.
Like many places, Ida flooded out parts of southeast Yonkers, and residents say they need more to prevent that from happening again.
No one on Maple Place got hit worse than Ann Marie O'Sullivan.
O'Sullivan, whose house on Maple Place was fully condemned by the city after taking on nearly 10 feet of water.
"I'm a nurse at St. John's, ICU, just came through COVID of 18 months and now I'm losing my home," she says.
She said FEMA only gave her $22,000 for repairs and living costs, but contractors say it will take 10 times that to make the house livable again.
Even insurance refuses to cover her, saying this is damage from a flood, not a hurricane.
"I had hurricane insurance. This is the remnant of Ida. This is what happened to my home," she says.
"You can smell the mold down here and I'm asthmatic, so I need help here. I need somebody to do something with this home," she says.
As O'Sullivan fights financially, her neighbors say the city needs to upgrade its sewer system.
They say without improvements, it's only a matter of time before they're underwater again.
News 12 reached out to the city for a comment but hasn't heard back yet.
O'Sullivan and her wife, Linda, have a friend who started a GoFundMe for them. It has already raised nearly $15,000 for the couple.


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