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.