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Westchester County FEMA Center is now Operational!

FEMA recommends filing with your Insurance Company first, before applying for FEMA. FEMA can assist where insurance cannot! Report to your Flood Insurance immediately if you have coverage.

It is not necessary to meet with FEMA in person to start a claim. If you have suffered significant property damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, you can apply online for FEMA assistance here:

FEMA strongly advises that people register in advance of visiting the disaster center. Residents can apply for FEMA aid without coming to the County Center. The first step is to register either by calling FEMA’s registration number 1-800-621-3362. For those with speech or hearing disabilities, use the TTY number at 800-462-7585.

Please make sure you are carefully documenting all damage in writing and with photographs, receipts and other forms of proof

FEMA Center: Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains NY 10606
Phone Number: 1-800-621-3362

Residents who need housing assistance should reach out to the Westchester County Department of Social Services.

If you have a housing emergency, you may call 914-995-2099. If you need immediate assistance, you may also contact the American Red Cross at 877-RED-CROSS or United Way by dialing 211.

UPDATE FROM THE VILLAGE OF PORT CHESTER ON BULK:

The DPW yard will not charge for the dumping of BULK items (no construction material is permitted) at our 82 Fox Island Road location. Yes, you must have your vehicle weighed, Yes, you must have the items inspected to ensure that you are complying with our rules and regulations (and Westchester County's) but NO you will not be charged for the dumping of your material if you exceed the 200lbs courtesy that is normally granted every day.  This fee suspension is in effect through end of business on SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 11th.  

The DPW yard will be open this Saturday September 11th from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  Generally the yard is closed on weekends but we are making this accommodation to help people who may have bulk items remaining to be dropped off. This Saturday operation is for PORT CHESTER RESIDENTS ONLY and for those who have been impacted by Hurricane Ida.  Providing proof of residency will be required, as it always is, before you will be permitted to dump items at our yard.

If you are in need of a special bulk pickup, or live on a side street that we may have missed as we comb the village for curb items, or perhaps you have not put your items out during the time in which most of the bulk collection and extended hours were announced, call 914.939.5207 and speak with our Foreman.  Someone from DPW will schedule a time with you for a truck to come by and pick up your items. Our DPW staff will also be able to answer any questions you have about your items and give you specific guidance on the process.

TIPS FROM THE CDC TO PREVENT MOLD GROWTH 
  • Clean up and dry your home quickly after the storm or flood ends - within 24 to 48 hours if possible
  • Air out your home by opening doors and windows. Use fans to dry wet areas. Position fans to blow air out doors or windows
  • Throw away anything that you cant clean or dry quickly (mattresses, carpeting, carpet padding, rugs, upholstered furniture, cosmetics, stuffed animals, baby toys, pillows, foam/rubber items, books, wall coverings, and paper products)
  • Remove and discard drywall and insulation that has been contaminated with sewage or flood waters
  • Thoroughly clean all wet items and surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent. For example, you'll want to clean any flooring, concrete, molding, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures
  • Fix any leaks in roofs, walls, or plumbing as soon as possible
  • Clean up mold with a mixture of bleach and water - 1 cup of house hold bleach mixed with 1 gallon of water
  • Never use bleach in a closed space, open windows and doors first
  • Put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect your eyes, nose, mouth, and skin. Wear goggles, N-95 mask, and protective gloves

For more information on how to clean up safely and effectively, visit the CDC WEBSITE HERE

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The Town of Rye is also available to assist Residents of Port Chester, Rye Brook, or Mamaroneck with anything! Please call at any time: (914) 937-3075 ext. 101

The Town of Rye is collecting clothing, school supplies, backpacks, etc. for children that were effected by the Hurricane!

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History

Our town nestles in a valley in the background of which lie the picturesque hills and dales of Westchester County. Our Town of Rye borders on Long Island Sound bordering on Connecticut at the gateway of New England within convenient commuting distance from New York and in the metropolitan area. While we started with the Boston Post Road running close to the sound and constituting our main highway, a toll road along which passed the horse-drawn stages, modern parkways and paved highways over which pass speedy motor vehicles now link our Town to all the cities, towns and villages of this great country of ours.

We started as a small settlement on Manursing Island, then developed Poningo Neck, which now is the business section of the City of Rye, and the Saw Pit, which now is Port Chester on the Byram River, with paths leading to various parts of the town. The Post Road, King Street, and the Grace Church Street were among some of our earliest carriage paths. Water transportation and stagecoach were the sole links the early settlers had with the outside world. The young settlement known as Saw Pit, so named from the saw pits then in use, continued as such until it outgrew this homespun name and became Port Chester by incorporating as a village in 1868 signifying a sea port which remains to this day. 

Early life in the settlement was strenuous. Attacks by Indians and severe winters were a deterrent to these early settlers. Farming, fishing, logging, and trading were the principal occupations. At Saw Pit, logs were cut for use in shipbuilding operations. Our town had no improvements in those days and homes were simple and crude. The seed sown by these early settlers was nurtured and grew to the present day when we enjoy the modern conveniences of our times.

For more information about the Town of Rye and early settlement, see Chronicles of a Border Town by Charles Washington Baird.

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