Disaster Declaration approved for NY

A disaster declaration request has been approved for Oneida and several surrounding counties following devastation from Tropical Storm Fred.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021 6:03 PM

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be designating funding for damages caused by Tropical Storm Fred. Several counties pooled their damages to meet the criterial for federal assistance. Rome Mayor Jackie Izzo says Staley Elementary School sustained probably the most public damage. That project is estimated at around $4 million. The Mayor estimates the total public damages at roughly $6 million.

Things aren’t looking promising for the private sector. Governor Kathy Hochul only requested individual money for Steuben County, but the Mayor’s working on getting FEMA to reconsider an individual designation for Rome.

"They’re reviewing all of the information to see if we meet the threshold on the individual side for a FEMA designation."

While the Mayor says it’s unlikely the City of Rome will meet the criterial for individual FEMA funding, local individuals impacted by the flooding also spoke with FEMA representatives about their loss. Jeff Augustine was one of them. 

"I was here too when they walked on the street, and they talked to me a little bit, but that was it. Just asked me what kind of damage there was and stuff like that."

Jeff owns 3 house’s on River Street where nearly every home was flooded. He estimates his losses at about $30 thousand, and although he’s hopeful funding will come, he’s not holding his breath.

"FEMA allocating money but…and I was hoping that yeah it would be something that I could get some of to help me out, but from what you said it’s not happening yet."

The City Codes Department has been out to nearly every home on the street. Currently there’s only about four homeowners who haven’t finished the work required to receive their final inspections.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2502914

Reported Deaths: 55935
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings33129910834
Queens31382710273
Suffolk2379593585
Nassau2133533285
Bronx2067916745
New York1673084632
Westchester1433102338
Erie1052151938
Richmond882931930
Monroe832991179
Orange57074909
Rockland52800779
Onondaga51242755
Dutchess35358497
Albany30443385
Oneida28265581
Broome24026401
Niagara23713397
Saratoga19975197
Ulster17148277
Schenectady16478227
Rensselaer14570165
Putnam1240596
Chautauqua12248171
Oswego11382111
Chemung10683152
St. Lawrence10282124
Steuben9929173
Ontario9224110
Jefferson861274
Cayuga8562107
Sullivan836283
Wayne798284
Cattaraugus7546110
Genesee6871132
Herkimer6646123
Clinton660338
Tompkins642559
Fulton6207102
Madison6072101
Montgomery5848137
Livingston562571
Warren534581
Cortland525879
Tioga498071
Columbia4957111
Chenango461986
Washington451966
Allegany451795
Otsego451154
Greene433085
Wyoming432657
Orleans426587
Franklin415320
Lewis353738
Delaware349545
Seneca270863
Schoharie226221
Essex222431
Yates157726
Schuyler149316
Hamilton4343
Unassigned14424
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