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July 25, 2013

Many seek flood relief

BY JOE OLENICK joe.olenick@lockportjournal.com
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A number of city homeowners filed applications for flood assistance while state agencies were in Lockport the last few days.

Mayor Michael Tucker said roughly 400 to 450 residents filed applications during the three-day period when Lockportians could file at City Hall. 

The New York State Flood Recovery Program, an initiative that will provide Niagara County $2 million in state recovery aid. Gov. Andrew 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.

Over $7 million in damage was reported in the City of Lockport and at least 600 flooded basements were pumped out. Just a few days after the flood, Tucker was in Albany and had a chance to meet with Cuomo.

”It was a chance meeting,” Tucker told the Common Council at a Wednesday work session. “We can’t thank them enough.”

People affected by the June 28 flood can still file online at www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood. Residents can also call the state Flood Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information on how to receive assistance. The helpline is available from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The aid is available until the end of August or until the $2 million has been exhausted.

• U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand released a statement Wednesday saying that the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide $5 million in immediate storm relief funding to help state, local and municipal governments rebuild roads and highways in New York state.

The funding is part of the Federal Highway Administration Quick Release Emergency Relief Program which provides funds for the repair or reconstruction of roads and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

Schumer and Gillibrand said the funding will be used in counties where New York requested a federal disaster declaration. Specific uses will be determined by the DOT and New York state.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.