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Herkimer County residents seeking help from the federal goverment

Resident in Herkimer county are searching for answers after this past weekend's flooding devastated parts of the area.

Posted: Nov 4, 2019 7:18 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 2:25 PM

SCHUYLER, N.Y. -- Residents in Herkimer county are searching for answers after this past weekend's flooding devastated parts of the area. 

Schuyler was not the hardest-hit area of the county, but residents such as Mark Kisliack share the same concern of many residents in the area. 

He said that the county has not given the help residents were looking for.

"Our neighbors have been calling all kinds of numbers, they've been keeping track of who they've called, and when they called its always a dead end, there's no response its always sorry I can't help you or we have no idea what is going on," said Kisliack.

Their concern is that Oneida County set aside one million dollars in relief funding for just Oneida County, and residents of Herkimer county are still waiting.

"Those people may have lost a wood stove or some foundation may have fallen off, but it's nothing like Herkimer county, it's devastated," said Samuel Cardone.

We reached out to John Raymond of the Herkimer County Emergency Services. He said that he's been getting many phone calls from residents affected by the flooding. He said because of the county's smaller size and fewer resources, they are mostly relying on the state for assistance.

"Unfortunately this whole process can be frustrating for someone who has been affected by the flood. But there is a process that has to be done. If the state meets a certain financial threshold of damage, then perhaps we will have a federal declaration and once that happens there may be money available from FEMA and that may be the route to go," said Raymond.

In order to meet that threshold, the state will need to meet a minimum of 29.6 million dollars in total damage. 

Right now, crews are out surveying the area to determine how much damage there is. Local and state officials are also calling on affected residents to dial 211. From there, you state the damage to your property. The information is then used to determine how much damage there is throughout the county.

County and state officials said that its a long process, but could lead to federal funding.

Herkimer county and state officials said they are confident that there is enough damage that will meet that threshold.

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