FEMA opens window for Philly-area Ida flood, storm victims to make damage claims

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Emergency officials in southeastern Pennsylvania are reminding people who had storm damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida to start a claim with the federal government, now that FEMA has made the disaster declaration for the area.

Chester County Deputy Director for Emergency Management Bill Turner said the official declaration came in late Friday afternoon.

“That opens up federal assistance for individuals," said Turner.

"It opens up grants for temporary housing and repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of Hurricane Ida.”

Turner said they had been asking everyone to report all damage to the county or municipality so they could make the case to FEMA, but he said that does not mean FEMA will be reaching out to those people.

"If you had any damages from Hurricane Ida, if you’re a homeowner or a business owner, the important thing to note here is you need to call and file a claim with FEMA," said Turner.

"If you have any damages, it’s really important to note that you need to file a claim, and you have 60 days from Friday, September 10 to do so.”

That 60-day timeframe, through November 9, applies to anyone in the five-county southeastern Pennsylvania region who had storm damage.

People who need to file a claim can either call 1-800-621-3362 or click here at the federal government's disaster assistance page.