Cayuga County will get help from the federal government to deal with last year’s lakeshore flooding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reversed course and added Cayuga to its list of counties eligible for assistance to fix damaged infrastructure along Lake Ontario.
Cayuga was originally omitted from FEMA’s original November disaster declaration due to a technicality, but the state appealed that decision the following month.
The affected areas are already eligible for $45 million in state aid to deal with the aftereffects of last spring and summer’s devastating flooding.
GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF MONROE AND CAYUGA COUNTIES TO FEDERAL LAKE ONTARIO FLOODING DISASTER DECLARATION
Public Assistance Funding Approved by FEMA for Costs Associated with Repairs and Emergency Response Measures to Public Infrastructure, Buildings, and other Municipally Owned Facilities
Governor Cuomo today announced that FEMA has amended the Lake Ontario Disaster Declaration to provide Monroe and Cayuga Counties Public Assistance Grant Funding for repairs and emergency protective measures due to damage that occurred from the historic Lake Ontario Flooding this past year. The Governor’s request for a major disaster declaration was approved in November, but did not include Cayuga and Monroe Counties. That decision was appealed by Governor Cuomo on December 15, 2017.
“This year, many communities experienced severe and repetitive flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario due to historically high water levels and New York has been fighting all year to ensure the federal government provide appropriate support to help counties get back on their feet,” said Governor Cuomo. “With this amendment, Monroe and Cayuga Counties will not only be able to make critical repairs to facilities and infrastructure, but improve their resiliency as well.”
Following the initial exclusion of Monroe and Cayuga Counties from the federal disaster declaration, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services worked closely with county officials and FEMA to validate additional damages which exceeded each counties threshold required by FEMA. With this approval, Public Assistance will be made available to these counties, their municipalities and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and for the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe flooding.
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino, Sr. said, “I would like to thank FEMA for taking the time to review our appeal and granting our request for Public Assistance for Monroe and Cayuga counties. This is another example of local, federal, and state partners cooperating to ensure out citizens get the assistance they need.”
The FEMA Public Assistance Program provides reimbursement for local governments after a disaster has been declared by the President for activities such as debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair and rebuilding of publically-owned infrastructure that was damaged including roads, schools, bridges, parks, hospitals, police stations, fire houses, water and waste water treatment facilities and other public facilities.
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A Statement from Senator Pam Helming
on Lake Ontario Disaster Declaration
As the State Senator who represents Webster in Monroe County and parts of Cayuga County along the Lake Ontario shoreline, I am pleased that these counties were finally added to FEMA’s Emergency Disaster Declaration. These communities – among the others that were already included in the declaration – have endured so much over the past year, and this money is critical to helping them continue to recover and rebuild. By working together, in conjunction with our federal representatives Congressmen Collins and Katko, we were able to bring much-needed relief to our local communities at a time when they needed it most. I want to thank Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Fair Haven Mayor James Basile for their leadership and persistence over the past several months.