Governor Cuomo in Lockport to Explain Flood Recovery Program

July 24, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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July 24, 2013 Updated Jul 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM EDT


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) The "Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program" will provide $16-million dollars in New York State money to help residents and small businesses rebuild after devastating storms in late June and early July.

The Lockport area was hard-hit by the storms and $2-million dollars is allocated to help Niagara County recover.

The June 28th storms caused over $7-million dollars worth of damage in Lockport.

Roads were closed, the Lockport Waste Water Treatment facility damaged, and hundreds of basements were flooded causing the destruction of major appliances and personal belongings.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to pay for municipal losses but not to reimburse residents and small business owners.

"The federal government may have said 'No' to reimbursing individual homeowners, but the people of New York have said 'Yes,'" added Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Tuesday morning, Cuomo joined with local elected officials and first responders to explain details about the program.

"We did it without a piece of legislation," said the Governor.

Under the Flood Recovery Program, homeowners and renters can qualify for up to $31,900 to replace or repair damaged property.

Farmers and small businesses that suffered a loss can qualify for up to $50,000.

New York State will continue to accept claims for storm damage until the end of August.

More information is available online at www.nysfloodrecovery.com.