WHITESBORO, N.Y. – Whitesboro residents who were affected by last year’s Halloween floods have about three weeks left to apply for a federal buyout.
Applications must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 13, and can be sent by mail, email or dropped off at Whitesboro Town Hall on Clark Mills Road.
“It is imperative that those interested in applying for this federal buyout program meet this deadline as it will be the only chance they will have to do so,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. “Oneida County and the Town of Whitestown have worked hard to make this opportunity available at the behest of the residents of Whitesboro. We will not get this chance again. This is the only time a federal buyout will be offered, and without enough applications, this funding is in jeopardy.”
The Whitestown Supervisor, Shaun Kaleta, said "Knowing how long it took to secure this money, another opportunity like this may not come along so again the town, our project partners, we strongly encourage all eligible property owners in the village of Whitesboro to apply to this NRCS Floodplain Easement Program." This program is important to restore the floodplain. Mr. Kaleta said "And the way to restore the floodplain as much as possible is to get as many buyouts and eventually demolitions done as possible."
Applications for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service buyout program for Whitesboro...
The Town of Whitestown is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to offer up to $20 million in buyouts to residents who live in flood-prone areas in the village of Whitesboro.
The value of a property assess during the buyout is based on the appraised fair market value as of the day before the 2019 Halloween storm.
For more information on how to apply, click here.