Tornado victims get one-stop help at new center

BAY RIDGE - A new disaster recovery center is open for Brooklyn residents affected by last Wednesday's tornado.

The city's Office of Emergency Management opened the center Monday at I.S. 30, located at 415 Ovington Ave. Residents will have access to housing referrals, mental and health assessments, insurance information and clothing.

Case workers are on hand from several agencies, including OEM, the Department of Homeless Services, other agencies and nonprofit organizations.

The OEM center will operate from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.

Meanwhile, many roads are now clear. Workers from the city?s Department of Sanitation and the Department of Parks and Recreation have removed all debris from streets, which mainly consisted of downed trees. The Department of Housing Preservation & Development has conducted emergency repairs on about 50 buildings.

The city is also helping Bay Ridge and Sunset Park residents affected by the tornado, Brooklyn's first in more than a century, by dismissing parking tickets.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered all tickets for alternate-side-of-the-street violations in the 66th, 68th, 70th and 72nd precincts from August 8 through August 10 thrown out. Bloomberg said anyone who paid the tickets will get refunds and those who haven't don't need to contest them.

AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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