Niagara Gazette

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July 24, 2013

Cuomo says state assessing Falls storm damage

FLOODING: Team meets with city officials; governor says NY will help those impacted.

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — While Gov. Andrew Cuomo stood in city hall discussing flood aid for residents impacted by June 28’s flooding, state workers were on their way west to begin the process in the Falls.

“They’ll be working with the mayor’s people to do an assessment of the damage there, and then, again, we’ll go through the same process,” Cuomo said of this weekend’s storm damage. “The federal government, we’ll ask them for assistance. But we want to make sure the state is there to help, especially on an individual level. We don’t want homeowners who had their homes devastated, their memories destroyed, to be left on their own.”

In order to get an accurate assessment of the damage, Mayor Paul Dyster said the state flood recovery team is setting up a command center in the parking lot of city hall. Residents and business owners who sustained damage in the recent storms are asked to meet with the team from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Following June 28’s flooding in Lockport, the state set aside $2 million for the county to assist recovery efforts for homeowners, businesses and farms.

Lockport homeowners have until the end of August to file an online application seeking state aid, officials said Tuesday.

The New York State Flood Recovery Program will provide Niagara County $2 million in state recovery aid. Cuomo was in Lockport on Tuesday morning to tout the program.

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 looking for 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.”

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