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FEMA will help cover cost of flood damage in Rome

FEMA has declared a disaster in parts of upstate hit hard by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred in August.

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 6:00 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2021 6:07 PM

ROME, N.Y. -- FEMA has declared a disaster in parts of upstate hit hard by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred in August.

More than 7 inches of rain fell over three days across the Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier and Finger Lakes over three days.

The rain on Aug. 19 caused flooding in several parts of Rome, including in and around Staley Elementary School and on River Street, leaving the city in a state of emergency. City officials worked with the American Red Cross to open a shelter at Rome Free Academy for people who were displaced from their homes.

Following the aftermath of the heavy rains, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to President Biden asking for FEMA to make a disaster declaration for the affected areas, saying “a joint federal, state, and local Preliminary Damage Assessment revealed that costs exceeded $36.2 million in public infrastructure damage.”

The request for a disaster declaration was approved Monday, and grant assistance will soon be made available to state and local governments, as well as other organizations, to help reimburse emergency work costs and repair damaged facilities.

“The damage was severe, and while this won’t make New Yorkers whole, this will provide the funding and support needed to rebuild, and rebuild stronger,” said Schumer.

FEMA typically covers 75% of the eligible costs under a disaster declaration.

 

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