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July 23, 2013

CUOMO VISITS

Governor touts work of first responders and local leaders for work on June 28 flood

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal —

Lockport homeowners recovering from the June 28 flood have until the end of August to file an online application seeking state aid, officials said Tuesday during a visit by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Meanwhile, help might be on the way for those who suffered damage in Friday's heavy rain storm. State officials said a flood recovery team met with Niagara Falls city officials on Tuesday to assess the damage and start the same process currently ongoing in Lockport.

That process led to the New York State Flood Recovery Program, an initiative that will provide Niagara County $2 million in state recovery aid. Cuomo was in Lockport on Tuesday morning to tout the program and praise first responders and local officials for their work in the June 28 flood.

Getting residents some help was the result of Albany and local leaders working together, the governor said. As he spoke in the council chambers, residents needing aid were meeting with state agencies in the hallway.

“We said, ‘the State of New York will step up to the plate,’” Cuomo said. “We did it without a piece of legislation. We did it on the phone and we took each other’s word for it.”

As reported last week by the US&J, through the flood recovery program the state will provide $16 million to homeowners, business operators and farmers in all five flood-stricken counties that were declared disaster areas after the heavy late June rainfall. All were denied federal aid for private property, but FEMA did approve aid for municipal property.

Aside from Niagara County, Herkimer and Montgomery counties will receive $4 million each and Madison and Oneida counties will be given $3 million each.

The governor's office said homeowners, small business owners and farmers or farm operations 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.

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