By Sophia Hall

LONG ISLAND, NY (WCBS 880) — One Long Island bank is expediting the loan process to help with home repairs caused by Irene.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Normally, it takes a week or more to find out if you have been approved for a home equity loan. But on Long Island at Gold Coast Bank, President Joseph Peri said they are speeding up the process so the emergency loans will be approved faster.

“As a small bank, we marshaled the whole bank behind this product,” said Peri. “We can give you an answer in 72 hours.”

Perri said the loans are at a rate of 3.5 percent and will help cover what insurance does not after the storm.

FEMA also offers assistance programs for property owners hit hard by the storm. The various programs include grants for individuals whose insurance doesn’t cover property damage to free legal assistance to disaster victims.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the damage caused to the state from Tropical Storm Irene will total $1 billion.

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