New York State Collecting Information about Niagara Falls Storm Damage

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 25, 2013 at 6:56 PM EDT

Niagara Falls, N.Y (WKBW) So many people have come forward to report damage from a powerful storm that struck the Niagara Falls area on July 19th, that a mobile command center for the State Department of Financial Services has extended its planned one-day visit.

The New York State assessment team is in Niagara Falls on orders of Governor Cuomo to collect information about property loss from residents and business owners.

Over 600 people showed up to report claims on Wednesday.

The governor is hoping to use the information to try and secure federal assistance, or to see if New York State can help out in some way.

"I'd like to see pictures. I'd like to see estimates. I'd like to hear their descriptions. I'd like to know where they are so we can put them on a map and see where the damage is located," said George Haggerty, Deputy Secretary for Financial Services.

The command center will be set up in the parking lot of Niagara Falls City Hall.

Anyone who suffered a property loss or damage is encouraged to make a report with the state officials.

Residents who are unable to make it in person can phone in their claim to a special hotline number at 716-286-4300.