Samaritan’s Purse gives hope to flood-ravaged Highland Falls residents; elected officials tour storm damage

Aisha Hendrix says members of Samaritan’s Purse helped clear mud and water out of her flooded-out basement. She says the water was above her ceiling at one point.        

Ben Nandy and Bob Doda

Jul 17, 2023, 11:53 AM

Updated 276 days ago

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A volunteer group helping homeowners in Highland Falls is giving residents some hope following recent storms that wreaked havoc in the region.
Aisha Hendrix says members of Samaritan’s Purse helped clear mud and water out of her flooded-out basement. She says the water was above her ceiling at one point.
The charity's regional project manager, Shannon Daley, says they've received 60 requests for help.
"We've completed five of those. We've got three teams out today working on several others," she told News 12.
Hendrix says she will need help covering the cost of damages that could reach tens of thousands of dollars.
"The amount of damage I sustained is not something that I can just come up with,” she said.
On Monday, Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand and Rep. Pat Ryan surveyed the damage in Highland Falls and on the campus of West Point.
Schumer said the Army Corp of Engineers is securing the campus and may start major repair projects in September.
He also said that FEMA will soon begin assessing damage to homes and businesses and decide how much aid is needed.
"In the past, when I've asked FEMA to be in any part of New York state, they have been here overwhelmingly, and I expect that to happen again," he said.
The Senate majority leader couldn’t say how long it could be before homeowners get any federal aid because each case varies.
A FEMA spokesperson told News 12’s Ben Nandy that workers are going to be surveying damage in several areas, including Orange County, beginning Tuesday.
Schumer estimates the storm caused $100 million in damage to West Point.
The Orange County Department of Health is recommending those living in the Town of Highlands to keep boiling water for drinking, cooking and teeth brushing.
Also, the department says it found samples of E. coli in the water after doing private well testing. Anyone with private wells should have their water supply disinfected and tested.
If you have any questions, contact the Environmental Health Department at 845-291-2331


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