ALBANY, N.Y. -- President Barack Obama has approved the state's request for federal Public Assistance aid for counties affected by recent flooding.
Following the collection of preliminary damage
assessments by FEMA, state and local emergency management personnel working
collaboratively in the affected counties, Governor Cuomo presented the president
with data that demonstrated that the damage to public infrastructure had
exceeded $32.7 million, well above the state's $26.7 million per capita
Counties eligible for Public Assistance include Allegany, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Otsego, and Warren counties. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments. Public Assistance is for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.
"Since June when the rain and floods ravaged many communities across the State, I said I would do everything I could to bring relief and aid to the citizens and communities that have been damaged so badly," said Governor Cuomo. "I am very pleased that President Obama has heard our call for assistance and has recognized the extraordinary weather event that occurred across the State and, through FEMA, has authorized federal funding through Public Assistance that will contribute significantly to the necessary recovery and rebuilding process. As we have learned too well in other areas of the state following catastrophic natural disasters, our rebuilding effort must help the affected communities come back stronger and more resilient to any future storms."