NYC Offers Help for Mold After Sandy

Feb 1, 2013
Cpl. Bryan Nygaard

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is launching a $15 million program to clean up at least 2,000 homes contaminated with mold because of flooding during Superstorm Sandy. Storm victims enrolled in the program will be able to get their homes scrubbed of mold for free by private contractors. Money for the project is being put up by three charities: The American Red Cross, the Robin Hood Foundation and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. No federal, state or city tax dollars are involved. The work is being overseen by a nonprofit development company. Mold has become a problem in flood-ravaged parts of the city, and the cost of properly removing the stuff can be substantial. And unlike other types of damage, the Federal Emergency Management Agency does not cover mold remediation.

Crews are cleaning the Vermont Veterans Home after air samples showed mold in the heating and cooling units and on stored medical records.

Testing took place this month at the Bennington organization after a musty smell returned to a common room on the home's dementia wing following a cleaning. The room was closed off to residents.

Home administrator Melissa Jackson said a new kind of insulation should prevent the reoccurrence of mold.