Cayuga County is still dealing with the impact of the severe summer flooding at both ends of the county. Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a request by the state for a major disaster declaration for Cayuga and 14 other counties.
FEMA director Brock Long notified Gov. Cuomo the flooding resulted from several distinct events that were not beyond the capabilities of the state and local governments. Cayuga County Emergency Management Assistant Director Niel Rivenburgh disagrees.
A preliminary damage assessment conducted at the request of the Governor put the price tag on the damage caused by the June and July storms at more than $30 Million.
Rivenburgh tells Finger Lakes News Radio his department is ready to assist should state officials decide to appeal the FEMA decision within the 30-day appeal window.