Officials hope for federal funding to help with Chenango County flood damage

By WKTV News

CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WKTV) - Lawmakers in Chenango County are hoping to get some federal money to help prevent future damage from heavy floods.

The Chenango River jumped its banks after all the rain last month, threatening the Village of Sherburne and the Town of Plymouth sustained heavy damage after the Canasawacta stream overflowed.

In order to be considered for federal money, FEMA must declare the county a disaster area - something that is critical if the county hopes to make some changes before another storm hits.

"We are going to be pushing very aggressively to get a disaster designation from the federal government in terms of damages that have occurred from the April rains," Senator Seward said.

Before they can be declared a disaster area by the federal government, the are must sustain $24 million in damages from the storms and flooding. Currently, officials are assessing how much total damage was sustained.

"Back ion 2006, we saw some extensive flooding," said Senator James Seward of the 51st District. "We thought that was a 100 year flood and here we are, just a few years later, and we've had a similar incident. In fact, some say it was more water to deal with than in the 2006 flooding. So we've got to make sure we're ready, that our infrastructure can handle more water so it doesn't cause the damage that we saw during the last few weeks."

Senator Seward says the money would go towards replacing culverts throughout the county and putting in stream structures to reattach the flood plane.

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