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Business owners and residents look forward to federal assistance

By LEXIE O'CONNOR

ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Oneida County businesses and residents hit hard by the flooding of Sauquoit Creek can now look forward to applying for federal aid.

"This is huge especially for the Village of Whitesboro," says Whitesboro Mayor Brenda Gilberti. "We have residents that have lost everything and not only once, but twice, and they don't have the resources to replace them."

Many businesses are already in the process of applying for aid, like Joe Tahan's Furniture, a store that filled with flood waters.

"We were fortunate to have insurance, but insurance doesn't cover everything there's still a lot of destruction that has to be fixed at our own expense," says Al Tahan, co-owner of Joe Tahan's.

Gilberti says more than 300 people who live in Whitesboro alone were affected by the recent flooding and she is grateful to local and federal government officials for coming through with this aid.

"You know what you lost is gone, and we're here today, Thank God, it could have been worse and we're going forward for many years," says Al Tahan.

You have to apply to be considered for the federal funding and right now there's no dollar limit for the Oneida County's aid. To apply, call 1-800-621-3362 or visit www.disasterassistance.com

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