July 19, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Deploys Flood Assistance Teams to Niagara County to Accept Applications for Flood Recovery Program

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced he is deploying flood assistance teams to Niagara County to accept applications for the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program. The program, which was launched earlier this week, is intended to provide immediate recovery assistance to victims of these floods and to address gaps in coverage for impacted homeowners, renters, business owners and farmers in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida Counties.


Under the Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program, the State is committing $16 million to ensure that hard hit business owners, renters, farmers and homeowners have the financial assistance they need to recover damaged and destroyed homes and property, Governor Cuomo said. I encourage those affected in the Niagara County region to apply for assistance and speak with our states representatives for any questions.


This Sunday, July 21 through Tuesday, July 23, the Governor is deploying staff from the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and other state agencies to provide eligible applicants with application assistance.


These state representatives will be available at:


Lockport Municipal BuildingOne Locks PlazaLockport, New York


Hours of operation are:


Sunday, July 21: 12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.Monday, July 22: 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.Tuesday, July 23: 11:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m.


Under the program, homeowners, small business owners, renters 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 and renters 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. For renters, eligible costs may include the repair/replacement of damage to personal property, including replacement of damaged or destroyed clothing for family residing in the rental unit and replacement or repair of damaged or destroyed furniture. 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 Flood Recovery Program, and application materials, please visit: http://www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood. The full application will be posted before Sunday.


Affected homeowners, renters, businesses, and farms can also call the NYS Flood Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information on how to receive assistance under the 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.


The 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).