September 10, 2009

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Chenango And Cortland To Receive FEMA Aid To Repair and Rebuild From Devastating Summer Storm

Aid Comes After Schumer and Gillibrand Wrote To President And FEMA Asking Them To Issue A Disaster Declaration For Area

Following severe summer storms that have wreaked havoc on the lives, homes, and businesses of residents throughout at least 10 New York counties, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be granting aid to Chenango and Cortland Counties to help communities repair and rebuild, as well as reimburse them for money spent maintaining the safety of their citizens during and after the floods.  The declaration comes after Schumer and Gillibrand wrote to the President and FEMA, asking that aid be delivered.

"This aid is a critical step in helping communities throughout Chenango and Cortland repair and rebuild and after last month's devastating floods," said Schumer.  "The counties were overwhelmed, both physically and financially, and the federal government should be doing everything it can to assist with the recovery."

"This is great news for Central New York," Senator Gillibrand said. "Families and businesses here were hit hard by the summer storms. This federal assistance will make sure Chenango and Cortland Counties get the aid they need to recover."

Severe summer storms have led to widespread destruction and property damage throughout New York State since July 29th.  On August 10th, heavy thunderstorms and severe flooding added to the damage, overturning foundations of homes and businesses, crippling water and wastewater systems, and rendering main thoroughfares impassable.

FEMA is offering aid through their Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program.  Through the PA Program, FEMA provides supplemental Federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged, publicly owned facilities and the facilities of certain Private Non-Profit (PNP) organizations. The PA Program also encourages protection of these damaged facilities from future events by providing assistance for hazard mitigation measures during the recovery process.