ONEIDA COUNTY, N.Y --- According to Congressman Anthony Brindisi's office, FEMA will be coming to Oneida and Herkimer Counties for a preliminary damage assessment.
They will be in the area from Monday through Friday.
Congressman Brindisi worked with Congresswoman Elise Stefanick of the 21st congressional district to contact the governor and FEMA pushing for these assessments.
"I'm encouraged now that they are going to be stepping up and coming in and doing these assessments and I will continue to work with our local and state officials to provide some relief to those affected by these floods."
Residents of Dolgeville are continuing to recover from flooding. Mayor Mary Puznowksi said that hopefully, this FEMA visit will provide residents with more answers.
"We have made a lot of progress with infrastructure to get the infrastructure safe through the winter. But now this is another big key step people need places to stay they need answers I hope we will get them this week," said Puznowksi
According to FEMA, in order to meet the threshold for public assistance, the impacted counties and the state must both meet a monetary damage threshold. That threshold varies by county and the state threshold is $29.6 million. Residents that experienced flooding are encouraged to report property damage to their county emergency services offices.
FEMA will not be going through the buyout process while they are in town, but Congressman Brindisi said that the buyout process has happened in the past.
"FEMA has bought out homes in the area in the past before during previous floods. There have been programs where FEMA has partnered with the state to provide buyouts for homeowners affected by previous floods. It is a long process it's, not something that happens overnight. So we have to be patient and work with them to move the process forward. But having them come and be on the ground and to see the damage first hand is a good first step in the process," said Brindisi.
We do not know the specific locations that FEMA will be touring, but the Congressman said that they will be looking at the hardest-hit areas of both Herkimer and Oneida Counties.
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