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Governor asks Obama for disaster declaration in NYS
On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo formally requested that President Obama issue a disaster declaration for New York State following the major flooding last week.
The Governor has already declared a State Disaster Emergency that includes the local counties Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego and Madison.
Statewide, more than 13,000 people were without power at the height of the storm, and one person was swept away by the flood waters in Fort Plain and is presumed dead.
In the letter, Cuomo says that in four municipalities, there are 44 destroyed homes, 75 with major damage and more than 757 with minor damage.
Cuomo also cites the failure of the levee in the Oneida Creek, affecting the City of Oneida where water still stands in the streets. Sunday, Oneida Acting Mayor Max Smith says the levee did not fail.
Congressman Richard Hanna (NY-22) told NEWSChannel 2 on Sunday that he had already been in touch with the Obama Administration in regards to the flooding and FEMA's response.