NEW YORK (WPIX)—Assessment teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency--FEMA--came to New York City today, to get a first-hand look at the destruction left behind after last Thursday's tornadoes in Queens and Brooklyn. Six different teams were visiting sites with officials from the city's Office of Emergency Management--OEM. It could be a major, first step toward getting the city federal funding for clean-up and re-building.
One of the FEMA teams took a tour of the Queens College campus. The College Vice President Dr. Sue Henderson, told us the tennis center was destroyed, to the tune of more than a million dollars in damages. Thirty students managed to escape the center last Thursday, during the height of the storm, before the roof came down.
Another team examined the LIE service road west of Main Street, in Flushing, where huge trees have uprooted sidewalks and toppled onto homes. They also visited Middle Village, where progress is being made in the clean-up. Workers were replacing the slate tiles on the roofs of the neighborhood's Tudor homes.