NEW YORK - (AP)- President Barack Obama has declared a majordisaster in Brooklyn and other boroughs following last month's deadly storm thatspawned two devastating tornadoes.
Gov. David Paterson announced Thursday that Obama issued thefederal disaster declaration for Brooklyn, Queens and StatenIsland. The declaration clears the way for an influx of federalfunds to pay for up to 75 percent of the response, debris removaland repairs to public property.
Federal and state inspectors have estimated the damage andcleanup costs at $27 million.
The Sept. 16 storm barreled across Brooklyn, topplingthousands of trees. A macroburst with winds up to 125 mph added tothe destruction.
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