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Fort Plain waiting on federal disaster declaration for additional help

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FORT PLAIN, N.Y. – Residents of Fort Plain continue to clean up after devastating floods, and now they're stuck waiting to see if federal funding will be coming their way.

Governor Cuomo issued an Emergency Declaration ten days ago for the area and surrounding counties. He also requested a federal disaster declaration in order to provide federal dollars to rebuild.

"We wish they'd hurry up and decide on what they're going to do, and how much help they're going to give us," resident Heidi Blowers said.

"Government really does need to step up and help out here," resident Faye Barbar added.

So far, FEMA says they are reviewing requests and working with the state on going over damage assessments.

"Now we are just waiting to see if it can be condemned or what can be done," Blowers said about her home.

Most of the homes on her block already have condemned signs on the property.

"A lot of people lost everything, I didn't lose everything," said Barbar who did lose her car and is now moving out of her home.

She said it's a financial strain for anyone who lives in this community and did not have flood insurance.

"We have no more grocery stores. Those were our big spots here," she said.

The volunteers and Red Cross are doing what they can to help, but Barbar said even they are low on resources right now. They are looking to Washington to step in and help this village.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he'll call the state legislature back to address recent upstate New York flooding if the federal government declines to issue a disaster declaration.

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