FEMA Teams Participating in Joint Public Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessments This Week
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that technical assistance teams from FEMA have begun Joint Public Assistance Preliminary Damage Assessments in eight counties impacted by severe flooding in early August. The assessments will determine if the total amount of damage costs meets the $28.29 million requirement for federal aid. If the damage costs meet the federal threshold, a disaster declaration will be granted and FEMA funding would be available to support infrastructure repair.
The eight counties included in the request are: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Schuyler, Seneca and Tioga.
"Many communities have suffered tremendous damage to infrastructure from heavy rains and flash flooding, and I urge the federal government to recognize the severity of these damages," Governor Cuomo said. "The sooner FEMA representatives can validate our damage estimates, the sooner we can take action and provide these devastated communities with the funding and assistance they need now."
The heavy rain storms and resulting flooding that passed across the state in early August caused significant damage to roads, bridges and other critical infrastructure. Assessment teams from the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services have toured the damage areas and met with local emergency management officials in the affected counties to develop total damage cost estimates. Based on those estimates, the state believes the total costs meet the federal threshold for a disaster declaration.
Commissioner of the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Roger L. Parrino, Sr. said, "Assessment teams from our Disaster Recovery Office have toured the hardest hit areas and have met with officials to assess infrastructure damage costs and they concluded the total damage estimates meet the federal threshold for disaster assistance. I want to thank FEMA for its quick response to send technical assistance teams to New York to conduct these joint assessments with the Division and local emergency managers to review our findings and validate damages."
New York received two major disaster declarations in 2017. On July 12th, a major disaster declaration was declared for 28 counties affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm of March 2017. A major disaster declaration for flooding was also declared on November 14th for the eight counties along Lake Ontario.
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