SCHOHARIE, N.Y. – The Schoharie County Flood Recovery Coordinator is making one last plea to FEMA officials in hopes to keep emergency services and public safety agencies out of the flood plain.
Rushing water during Hurricane Irene outside the Schoharie County Public Safety Building damaged the county facility, leaving it under nine feet of flood water. FEMA has agreed to give the more than $14 million needed to repair it, but safety officials and Flood Recovery Coordinator William Cherry say that won't work.
Cherry said it needs to be relocated out of the flood plain, but FEMA has denied that request. The county appealed and now it's up to officials at the highest level of FEMA to make a final decision.
"What I'm hoping is that the FEMA officials in Region two covering the Albany upstate area will see this and will honestly change their mind. Please pick up the phone call your colleague that's dealing with our final appeal in Washington D.C. and say you know what up here in Region two we thought about it we looked at it again we think Schoharie County's right," said Cherry.
The building is home to the Schoharie County Sheriff's department and the county 911 dispatch call center.
"When it came to dispatching fire departments dispatching ambulances rescue crews people who may be stuck in their house and got no way out we got ok way to communicate with our emergency responders to get them there," said Cherry.
county has multiple locations already in mind for if a new building were built, but won't say where.