Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today visited Lockport to discuss the NYS Flood Recovery Program and urge Niagara County eligible residents and businesses to apply for state aid. The $16 million NYS Flood Recovery Program is intended to provide immediate recovery assistance to victims of recent floods and to address gaps in coverage for impacted homeowners, business owners and farmers in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida Counties.
Since the floods struck Niagara County we have committed to giving homeowners and business owners the help they need to build back stronger and better than before, Governor Cuomo said. Today, the state is stepping up to provide these residents and communities with recovery assistance, going above and beyond what the federal government was able to provide. The states financial commitment ensures that these New Yorkers have extra support to rebuild and recover.
While the damage from the recent floods was severe in many communities preliminary surveys indicate more than 500 homes and 150 businesses suffered some form of damage 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:
Senator George Maziarz said, "While the flood waters were still rising, Governor Cuomo and I knew that state government would have a role to play in aiding the strong recovery of homes and businesses in Niagara County. The NYS Flood Recovery Program fulfills that role - bridging the gap in aid funding that FEMA was unable to provide and offering home and business owners real relief to help put the pieces back together. I am appreciative of the Governor's steadfast commitment to aiding local communities in their times of need, and am optimistic for our community's quick recovery."
Assemblyman John Ceretto said, "Over the past month, flood waters have severely damaged homes and businesses throughout Niagara County. When our residents were in need, the state stepped up to offer the individual assistance that FEMA did not, and Governor Cuomo is to thank for it. The Governor has been a strong ally throughout our community's recovery and his NYS Flood Recovery Program provides our localities with the necessary funds to rebuild damaged neighborhoods. Niagara County is on the road to a fast recovery and I am grateful for the Governor's unwavering support for local communities impacted by these floods around the state."
Niagara County Legislative Chairman William Ross said, "Homes and businesses across Niagara County were left between a rock and a hard place by FEMA's decision to provide assistance only to government entities. However, Governor Cuomo had said all along that we would not have to face reconstruction alone, and he has delivered on that promise with the NYS Flood Recovery Program. I am grateful to have such a dependable partner in Governor Cuomo, and look forward to working with him to build a stronger, better Niagara County.
Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker said, "The recent flooding that impacted Lockport has disrupted lives and presented challenging recovery costs to home and business owners. While our local government was able to receive aid from FEMA, our private citizens were not, and would have been left to rebuild on their own without Governor Cuomo's actions. The NYS Flood Recovery Program is another sign of how state government has become an active partner to local communities across the state."
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.
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).