Whitesboro residents hoping for FEMA buyout

WHITESBORO, N.Y. -- Homeowners in Whitesboro that lost their homes and more to the Halloween Flood of 2019 are hoping to receive help from the federal government.

Posted: Aug 31, 2020 11:48 PM

WHITESBORO, N.Y. -- Homeowners in Whitesboro that lost their homes and more to the Halloween Flood of 2019 are hoping to receive help from the federal government.

On Monday, village officials held a meeting at the Whitesboro Village green to collect information from those affected.

Residents wrote down how much they lost for the Hazard Grant Mitigation Program that is run through FEMA.

That information will then get passed to New York State and through them to the federal government for consideration.

In the Hazard Grant Program, there is $3.7 million for buyouts and mitigation.

"It would be a huge burden off of us," says homeowner Tammy Patterson. "A lot of stress off of our minds. Right now we are just living day to day hoping for a buyout. We had the house of up for sale, nobody is interested because it needs work."

"These people have a fear of flooding, its a really scary thing for them." says Village of Whitesboro Mayor Robert Friedlander. "If we can get help so these people dont have to go through that again, then I'm all for helping these people."

Friedlander says the process could take years to get buyouts if they are accepted. Other communities in the area are also completing for FEMA funds.

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