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Last updated 9.5.19 at 12:25 PM

Cape Cod Tornado

Date of Event: July 23, 2019

“The National Weather Service has confirmed that two high end EF-1 tornadoes occurred on Cape Cod Tuesday July 23rd with maximum wind speeds of 110 mph. The damage was a combination of two tornado touchdowns: one in Southeast Barnstable/Yarmouth (5.5 mile path, 250 yards wide, on the ground for 10 mins) and one in Harwich (2.8 mile path, 250 yards wide, on the ground for five minutes), along with extensive straight line wind damage which affected Dennis and West Harwich, as well as Chatham.” Source: MEMA, CAPE COD TORNADO

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Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS®

Relevant through: September 30, 2019

Deadline(s): September 30, 2019
Apply Online: At bottom of page

Description: The Cape Cod & Islands Association of REALTORS® (CCIAOR) has launched a grant program to assist Harwich homeowners that sustained damage to their homes from the July 23rd tornadoes that swept through the area. CCIAOR has $20,000 in grant funds available to Harwich homeowners from the REALTOR® Relief Foundation. The goal of these grants is to provide assistance towards housing costs for homeowners completing home repairs or who were displaced due to the tornado.

The grants are for a maximum of $2,000 per applicant per household. To qualify for a grant, the primary residence must be in the town of Harwich and must have been damaged during the storm. Grant applications must be received by September 30, 2019.

Assistance is only available to Harwich residents due to the REALTOR® Relief Foundation’s requirement that jurisdictions eligible for funding must have had a declared disaster, and Harwich was the only community on the Cape that had that designation from the July 23rd tornado.

Assistance is available to qualified applicants towards one of the following options:

  • 1) Monthly mortgage expense for the primary residence that was damaged by the tornado disaster or;
  • 2) Rental cost due to displacement from the primary residence resulting from the tornado disaster. 

Assistance is for housing relief only. Other expenses including debris clean up, second mortgages, vehicle purchase, rental, repair and or mileage are ineligible for reimbursement under this program. The program is meant to help homeowners offset the cost of repairs by providing relief towards monthly housing expenses.

To apply, please complete and submit the application on [the website]. If you have any questions about the grant or application process, please contact Marissa Cyr, or 508-957-4344.

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Department of Revenue

Filing & payment information for taxpayers affected by the recent Cape Cod severe weather event from Mass. Dept. of Revenue
Relevant through: November 15, 2019

Description: For taxpayers affected by the recent severe weather event on Cape Cod, the Department recognizes that taxpayers in Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Harwich, Mashpee, Sandwich, and Yarmouth might be unable to comply with their filing or payment due dates occurring on or after the date of the event. The Department would like to assist taxpayers as much as possible. Consequently, the Department will waive any penalties associated with any late-filed return or payment that was due on or after July 23, 2019, and before November 1, 2019. The Department will waive penalties through November 15. If any taxpayer in the affected areas receives a penalty for this period, they should reach out to us at (617) 887-6367.


FAQ about Homeowners Insurance After a Disaster

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)

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