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YWCA’s Affordable Housing Suffers Damage From Hurricane Irene

Eligible for FEMA Funding, But That’s a Reimbursement-Only Program

YWCA Executive Director Martha Kamber points to water damage in a kitchen.

By Linda Collins

YWCA Executive Director Martha Kamber points to water damage in a kitchen.

BOERUM HILL — Staff members at the YWCA of Brooklyn and residents of its affordable housing element are reeling from the effects of Hurricane Irene.

The water damage was so extensive that Martha Kamber, executive director, is seeking help from FEMA, the city’s department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Small Business Administration, the City Council, Borough President Marty Markowitz, U.S. senators Carl Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congressman Ed Towns and Assemblywoman Joan Millman — in short, anyone or any agency that could possibly help.

“We have put in an application with FEMA and, preliminarily, we are eligible. We have no reason to believe we are not,” Kamber told the Eagle this week, noting that most of the elected officials, while extremely responsive and helpful, referred her to FEMA.

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Giant Elm With Contentious History Felled in Heights

Tree Was a Longtime Neighborhood Favorite

A majestic, beloved elm tree in Brooklyn Heights that building residents and neighbors had saved from the ax in 2007 was blown down in Hurricane Irene early Sunday morning. The elm, in the front garden courtyard of the Mansion House at 145 Hicks St., was one of the few healthy survivors of the Dutch elm disease that devastated most of these majestic trees in the past century. It was estimated to be 85 years old. Photo by Mary Frost

By Mary Frost

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — An enormous, beloved elm tree in Brooklyn Heights that building residents and neighbors had saved from the ax in 2007 was blown down by Hurricane Irene early Sunday morning.
The elm, in the front garden courtyard of the Mansion House at 145 Hicks St., was one of the few healthy survivors of the Dutch elm disease that devastated most of these majestic trees in the past century. It was estimated to be 85 years old.

The tree’s 3- to 4-foot trunk knocked down the Mansion House’s front brick garden wall, while the top branches and canopy smashed through a cast iron fence in front of two wood-frame houses across the street at 146 and 148 Hicks St. A window was broken, several pieces of wood were knocked from the exterior, and another window was broken at 144 Hicks St. as well.

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Tree Down on Hicks Street

Blog McBrooklyn reports a  fallen elm at 145 Hicks Street.

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Breaking News: MTA Shuts Down Saturday

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Mayor Puts Shorefront Residents on Alert

Much of Brooklyn Is Vulnerable to Storm

By Samantha Gross, A.P. and Raanan Geberer

BROOKLYN — Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday urged New York City residents living in low-lying areas to line up a place to stay on high ground in case of an evacuation this weekend due to Hurricane Irene.

Bloomberg said that he expected to make a decision by late Friday whether residents in the city’s so-called “Zone-A” would need to evacuate ahead of the storm that’s now expected to hit the city Sunday. In Brooklyn, Zone A includes the Coney Island peninsula, part of Gravesend, Red Hook, the Sunset Park industrial piers, the Navy Yard area, the Williamsburg-Greenpoint waterfront, Sheepshead Bay and the Belt Parkway.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has also set up sites for evacuation centers in the event of a serious storm. Most of these are schools — in Brooklyn, they include Clara Barton High School, Roosevelt High School, New York City College of Technology (City Tech), Brooklyn Technical High School and several middle schools.
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Hurricane Irene May Be Heading Towards Brooklyn

Projected path of Hurricane Irene, courtesy NOAA

As Hurricane Irene heads towards the East Coast, the National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Brooklyn, New York City, Long Island and the surrounding areas for this weekend.

While it’s still too soon to predict with accuracy, NOAA’s projection shows a decent probability that Brooklyn will be involved with hurricane-force winds Sunday evening.

Symbols:
H: Hurricane – wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH
M: Major Hurricane – wind speed greater than 110 MPH

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