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Obama to Brooklyn: You’re a disaster

The Brooklyn Paper

President Obama has declared Brooklyn a disaster zone from last month’s devastating tornado, but the federal designation won’t help homeowners whose properties were damaged — not yet, at least.

The federal declaration by the White House will cover roughly 75 percent of the city’s cost of removing debris and making repairs to public property, but the government is still mulling whether to award individual assistance to New Yorkers who suffered uninsured losses.

Mayor Bloomberg said he was “hopeful” that the request would be granted.

For now, though, the federal assistance would cover 75 percent of the estimated $27 million in damage throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Pols hailed the president (which is not that common anymore, it seems).

“For those New Yorkers struggling from the disaster’s impact, this assistance can’t come fast enough,” said Rep. Mike McMahon (D–Bay Ridge), whose district was hit hard by the storm.

The tornado, which touched down in Brooklyn in the late afternoon on Sept. 16, tore through Park Slope, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick with winds that sometimes exceeded 80 miles per hour, though Queens got the worst of the damage. Here’s a rundown of the damage, according to an assortment of city agencies.

• 50 trees fell in Prospect Park.

• 50 trees were so damaged they will have to be chopped down in Prospect Park.

• 180 trees were knocked down throughout Brooklyn.

• 154 people required aid from the American Red Cross.

• 16 families were forced to vacate their homes.

• 49 homes in Brooklyn lost power.

• 22 buildings in Brooklyn were damaged.

Aside from the extensive destruction, the tornado also caused at least one less expected, but gross nonetheless, disaster. Shortly after the tornado dumped nearly half an inch of water in only 15 minutes, the Gowanus Canal was flooded with raw sewage from an overwhelmed sewer system. The video of the fecal flood went viral, and reminded all of Brooklyn that the canal has a long way to go before it is no longer an environmental disaster in its own right.

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Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Well, at least on 11/2, we may get some disaster relief for Obama and his Democrat buddies.

As predicted, Obama and his buddies have been a political disaster, and economic disaster, and a foreign policy disaster; not so much a tornado as a hurricaine: widespread disturbance of anti-wisdom and stupidity.

Thanks, Brooklyn, for electing this asshat and his Democrat buddies in Congress. Even if 100 House Democrats lose in two weeks, as they may, and even if the Senate flips, it will take years to undo what has happened.

I'll take tornados, any day, to more Obama.
Oct. 19, 2010, 8:26 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:
The feeling is mutual.
Oct. 19, 2010, 10:09 am
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
Politically dumb people of Brooklyn: when will you learn (and retain for more than 5 minutes) that socialism and socialism light is a lie. The natural state of the world and people is poverty, and it is only by the grace of free markets and capitalism that people stop being poor. Toss out the Dems. In their 2010 incarnation, they are little more (less?) than Marxists Light...
Oct. 19, 2010, 10:38 am
Or from Yellow Hook says:

it's summed up like this:

Socialism! THIS time it's gonna work!
Oct. 19, 2010, 11:41 am
Duke from W. Carroll Gardens says:
Or we could go with the Republicans whose platform is to lower taxes on millionaires and start a war (or two). It's never worked yet but you never know!
Oct. 19, 2010, 12:54 pm
Joe Nardiello from Carroll Gardens says:
"...the government is still mulling whether to award individual assistance to New Yorkers who suffered uninsured losses." That's terrible news for the people, businesses that incurred expenses, waited, etc. What about the fences damaged, cars, homes, etc.? I'd like to read what became of the homeowner/tenants that had their roofs torn off/blown away in Bed Stuy -- and how local pols can be at all pleased, that it's taken this long to respond/replay our local gov't after our OEM moved so quickly to present/showcase the damage to them?

"Pols hailed the president" after the wacky weather we had a few weeks back, can also take on a different meaning (if you'd seen the size of the hail).
Oct. 19, 2010, 5:54 pm
Maury's wigs from bensonhurst says:
Brooklyn to Obama.......FU
Oct. 20, 2010, 8:35 pm

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