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Informational Meeting held for Flood Victims Wednesday night

Congressman Anthony Brindisi attended the meeting held at West Canada Valley High School

Posted: Nov 6, 2019 10:35 PM
Updated: Nov 8, 2019 2:29 PM

NEWPORT, N.Y.-The Village of Newport hosted a meeting for flood victims Wednesday evening for flood victims to get more information on how to move forward.

The meeting was held in the cafeteria at West Canada Valley High School and anyone from any county was welcome to attend and learn more about what to do next.

Congressman Anthony Brindisi attended the meeting, and discussed ways flood victims can get the help they need.

Concerns brought up at the meeting were flood insurance, and how to report damage (calling 211).

NewsChannel 2 spoke with Brindisi about his efforts, and Newport resident Melissa Maine who was affected by the Herkimer County Halloween floods.

Maine was thrilled that Brindisi was at the meeting.

"Mr. Brindisi is hearing our larger concerns here, that there (is a bigger issue here), there needs to a resolution here to the problem, the greater problem of how these creeks and waterways can be managed." said Maine.

Brindisi says he is “working very closely right now” with local officials, and, county and state officials to see what at the federal level they can do.

“I just sent a letter with Congresswoman Stefanik who I share Herkimer County with to the governor asking them to work diligently to move forward with this disaster declaration so we can apply for FEMA assistance because with the weather coming and the winter coming these folks can't wait that long." says Brindisi.

Brindisi also says that people affected by the floods should take photos and document the damage from the storm.

He says the next step is getting New York State to make a request for FEMA to do an assessment, and they have 30 days from the date of the floods to make that request.

No word yet on if the request will be made by New York State to get FEMA officials into the affected areas of Herkimer County.

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