HERKIMER, 07/17/13 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and other state officials today to announce the state is launching the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program to assist homeowners, small businesses and farms in areas of the state hardest hit by recent flooding.
The NYS Flood Recovery Program is intended to provide immediate recovery assistance to victims of these floods and to address gaps in coverage for impacted homeowners, business owners and farmers in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida Counties.
“I have seen firsthand the terrible devastation caused by flooding across regions of upstate New York and from the beginning I promised that the State would make sure those who lost everything would not be forgotten,” said Governor Cuomo. “Today the State is stepping up to cover what the Federal government did not: nearly $16 million in individual assistance for the people whose homes and property were damaged and destroyed. With this financial commitment we are taking the first step in making sure the communities that have lived through weeks of flooding can begin building back better than ever before.”
Senator James L. Seward said, “The people of New York State have suffered through a tremendous number of natural disasters in recent years. While the federal response has been uneven at best, the state has acted quickly and appropriately, partnering with local governments, homeowners, and businesses to help with a coordinated rebuilding effort. This funding announcement is a continuation of our comprehensive effort. I appreciate the governor’s attentiveness to this issue and look forward to working with him and other state officials further to fully redevelop our overall disaster readiness and response.”
Preliminary surveys indicate that over 500 homes suffered some level of damage, with dozens destroyed. At least 150 business suffered major or minor damage. While the damage from the recent floods was severe in many communities, the financial and property loss from the floods was below the amount that triggers federal FEMA and other federal assistance. To meet the local needs, the funds for this program are being made available through an appropriation of state funds for emergency purposes made by the legislature this year.Under the program, homeowners, small business owners and farmers or farm operations located 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.For homeowners, eligible costs include the repair and/or replacement of damage to roofs, windows, doors, siding, flooring, drywall, insulation, foundations, well and septic systems, electric systems, fuel tanks, heating and water systems, and appliances, as well as remediation of environmental hazards. Homeowners whose properties were destroyed by these floods may also be eligible for a buyout of their damaged property.For businesses, eligible costs include reimbursement for losses to inventory, equipment, materials, fixtures and furniture; as well as design, construction, rehabilitation or reconstruction of flood damaged structures.For farms, funding is available for emergency funding to help with farm capital repair and replacement needs.A breakdown of aid by county is listed below:
For additional information on the NYS Flood Recovery Program, and application materials, please visit:http://www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood. Affected homeowners, businesses, and farms can also call the NYS Flood Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information on how to receive assistance under the NYS Flood recovery program. The NYS Flood Helpline is available from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.Vincent “Jim” Bono, Chairman of the Herkimer County Board of Supervisors, said, “Governor Cuomo has brought the best news that our residents have heard in a long time. He promised that the state would be here if the federal government didn’t deliver, and today he is making good on that pledge. Our homeowners and businesses need help, and that is exactly what this program delivers for them. We thank the governor for being here today and bringing this great news.”Ilion Mayor John Stephens said, “This flood recovery program will be critical to helping our hard hit communities in the Mohawk Valley get back on their feet. This funding will go a long way in helping affected business owners, homeowners and farmers cover significant costs and recover from the devastation caused by this unprecedented flooding. I thank the Governor for stepping up time after time on behalf of New Yorkers.”Little Falls Mayor Robert Peters said, “"Our residents were stunned and outraged to hear news that FEMA would not provide assistance to homeowners that lost so much during the flooding. We are grateful that we have a governor that will not let our communities down. This program will give our businesses, residents, and farms that lost so much the chance to recover and rebuild. We thank Governor Cuomo for his leadership and helping our communities recover from these devastating floods.”Village of Herkimer Mayor Mark Ainsworth said, “The past month has brought a recurring series of challenges to the residents of Herkimer, but Governor Cuomo has been a steadfast advocate for the needs of our community through all of it. From his regular visits and briefings to today’s announcement, Herkimer has been fortunate to have had his help. I thank the Governor for standing with our residents and businesses not only through the storm, but in the days that have come after.”Village of Frankfort Mayor Frank Morocco said, “In recent weeks, our community has experienced some of the worst weather in the history of this region, destroying our homes, infrastructure and businesses. The path to recovery will be tough, but this flood recovery program will provide us with the aid we need to begin rebuilding the homes, businesses and lives affected here in the Mohawk Valley. Governor Cuomo has our thanks for his support during this time of difficulty.”German Flatts Supervisor Frank Spatto said, “The State has been a real partner to our community during these recent weeks. While the flooding has stopped, our families and businesses are only just starting to recover. But with this recovery program, we have the assistance to build back better and stronger than before. This was made possible by the leadership of Governor Cuomo, and I thank him and his team for their commitment to the Mohawk Valley region.”The NYS Flood Recovery Program is a coordinated effort by the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES), NYS Homes and Community Renewal (NYS HCR) and the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYS DAM).