$293,656. That’s the estimate of damage and expenses incurred by the Village of Larchmont during the March 13 nor’easter and its aftermath, according to Larchmont Police Chief John Poleway.
All impacted municipalities were required to submit estimates to Westchester County by Monday, March 22 for eventual submission to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). There is hope that there will be a declaration of a disaster, which will make federal funds available to defray the costs associated with responding to the storm.
“These are certainly just estimates,” said Chief Poleway. “It’s hard to put numbers on businesses being without power for 5 days.” The chief was referring to the many stores and other establishments along the Boston Post Road that were impacted when the storm took down the Monroe Avenue transformer.
“If there is a disaster declaration, home owners and businesses may be eligible at that time for possible monetary compensation or low interest loans,” he advised.
Chief Poleway calculated that Larchmont incurred a total of $46,000 in overtime expenses: $8,000 for police; $6,000 for firefighters; and $32,000 for public works employees.
Final damages are likely to go much higher. Larchmont Manor Park was getting estimates this week for repairing sea walls and other masonry. Predicted costs are ranging between $150,000 and $200,000.