The Commissioner for the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services gave a press briefing Monday, on his crews' assessments of flood damage in the Mohawk Valley, and, his thoughts on whether or not criteria for a federal diasaster declaration-and therefore, federal aid-will be met.
"The Mohawk Valley is probably one of the hardest hit areas that we're working with right now," said Commissioner Pat Murphy, outside the Herkimer County 911 center. "It looks like if we did an assessment today, just a cursory look, we would come up with $30 million plus of damage across the state that would qualify us."
Commissioner Murphy says the individual counties also have to meet a damage threshold.
"In a county like Herkimer, that is not a number that is gonna be tough to reach," said Murphy.
Individual homeowners would have to qualify, too, but the commissioner warns: even if they do qualify, the federal aid they receive likely won't restore their homes to pre-storm condition.
"For the individual assistance, much more work has to be done to look at the individual homes. Even at that, the program on federal assistance doesn't make people whole."
The Commissioner says FEMA officials should be here, assessing local damage, by the end of the week.