Flood Victims Meet With Local Officials

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 12:35 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

January 22, 2014 Updated Jan 22, 2014 at 12:35 AM EDT

TOWN OF WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) Flanked by town, county and state officials, West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan greeted residents affected by the flooding of January 11th and 12th. She was the bearer of some good news. A mobile disaster assessment command post from New York State will be in town Wednesday and Thursday. The command post will offer victims of the flooding help and advice in dealing with their insurance companies and other issues so that they can start rebuilding their homes. State workers from the Department of Financial Services staff the command post.

Even though many residents in this area had flood insurance...that insurance only pays for structural loss and covers nothing when it comes to personal property. Many of the area residents are struggling financially to rebuild their lives.

Several volunteer organizations are helping homeowners cleanup. Preliminary damage estimates top 675 thousand dollars. That figure is expected to rise dramatically as residents tally up all of their losses. Any project that might help prevent or lessen the damage from another flood could be years away. One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a full recovery may be residents fear of living in their own neighborhood.

The two branches of M&T Bankin West Seneca, are collecting financial donations in a "help your neighbor fund". Any money collected, will go to help residents ease their financial woes.