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Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program

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Published on Jul 17, 2013

HERKIMER, 07/17/13 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials today to announce the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.

The NYS Flood Recovery Program is intended to provide immediate recovery assistance to victims of these floods and to address gaps in coverage for impacted homeowners, business owners and farmers in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida Counties.

"I have seen firsthand the terrible devastation caused by flooding across regions of upstate New York and from the beginning I promised that the State would make sure those who lost everything would not be forgotten," said Governor Cuomo. "Today the State is stepping up to cover what the Federal government did not: nearly $16 million in individual assistance for the people whose homes and property were damaged and destroyed. With this financial commitment we are taking the first step in making sure the communities that have lived through weeks of flooding can begin building back better than ever before."

Senator James L. Seward said, "The people of New York State have suffered through a tremendous number of natural disasters in recent years. While the federal response has been uneven at best, the state has acted quickly and appropriately, partnering with local governments, homeowners, and businesses to help with a coordinated rebuilding effort. This funding announcement is a continuation of our comprehensive effort. I appreciate the governor's attentiveness to this issue and look forward to working with him and other state officials further to fully redevelop our overall disaster readiness and response."

Preliminary surveys indicate that over 500 homes suffered some level of damage, with dozens destroyed. At least 150 business suffered major or minor damage.

While the damage from the recent floods was severe in many communities, the financial and property loss from the floods was below the amount that triggers federal FEMA and other federal assistance. To meet the local needs, the funds for this program are being made available through an appropriation of state funds for emergency purposes made by the legislature this year.

Under the program, homeowners, small business owners and farmers or farm operations located in the designated counties may be eligible to receive grants, subject to the documentation of flood-related damage and uninsured losses. Homeowners may be eligible for up to $31,900 in assistance. Small business owners and farmers or farm operations may be eligible for up to $50,000 in assistance.

For homeowners, eligible costs include the repair and/or replacement of damage to roofs, windows, doors, siding, flooring, drywall, insulation, foundations, well and septic systems, electric systems, fuel tanks, heating and water systems, and appliances, as well as remediation of environmental hazards. Homeowners whose properties were destroyed by these floods may also be eligible for a buyout of their damaged property.

For businesses, eligible costs include reimbursement for losses to inventory, equipment, materials, fixtures and furniture; as well as design, construction, rehabilitation or reconstruction of flood damaged structures.

For farms, funding is available for emergency funding to help with farm capital repair and replacement needs.

For additional information on the NYS Flood Recovery Program, and application materials, please visit: http://www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood. Affected homeowners, businesses, and farms can also call the NYS Flood Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information on how to receive assistance under the NYS Flood recovery program. The NYS Flood Helpline is available from 8:00 a.m. -- 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10:00 a.m. -- 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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