Niagara Gazette

July 17, 2013

Program provides $2M to Niagara County residents impacted by flood

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Under a program announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday, Niagara County residents impacted by June 28's flooding are eligible for up to $31,900 in assistance from a pot of $2 million, set aside for the region.

The 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program will assist homeowners, small businesses and farms hardest hit by recent flooding.

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.

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.