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Oneida and Herkimer counties receive grants to rebuild after storm damage

By WKTV News

Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced Thursday that Oneida and Herkimer counties will be receiving $391,494 and $499,657 respectively in NY Works grants for waterway restoration and rebuilding from damages incurred by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

"Upstate New York was devastated by the natural disasters caused by last year's storms. Streams, rivers and other waterways were altered by the incredible amounts of rain water. This damage has destroyed farm fields, roads, public buildings and homes. The federal government and the state of New York are offering financial relief to put New Yorkers to work repairing damaged local infrastructure and protecting public and private land from future storm damage," said Tenney.

Hurricane Irene alone caused an estimated $7 billion in damages, left 4.5 million without electricity, caused an evacuation scare in New York City and claimed the lives of at least 21 people.

"For a year, upstate New Yorkers have been struggling to rebuild their lives in the wake of this devastating weather. These NY Works grants will create jobs and make the necessary repairs to insure the safety and security of those who were forced to evacuate their homes during last year's destructive storms.

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