State to Assess Storm Damage in Niagara County

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM EDT

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) Heavy rains on Friday caused an estimated $7.2 million dollars worth of damage in the City of Lockport.

Several inches of rain turned city streets into raging rivers, and overwhelmed the Lockport Waste Water Treatment facility with a record 92-million gallons of sewer water.

"Our inlet gates are broken and we are unable to de-water it to make repairs," adds Doug Sibolski the chief operator at the plant.

Tuesday morning, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and US Senator Chuck Schumer joined with NYS Senator George Maziarz and other local elected officials to tour the affected areas.

Lieutenant Governor Duffy announced that Governor Cuomo has added Niagara County to a list of counties that the governor believes are disaster areas because of the rain storms.

Governor Cuomo's actions now allow officials to seek federal assistance from FEMA.

On Wednesday at 9am, a team from the State Office of Emergency Management will inspect the damage as part of the process of securing financial help for residents, business, and municipalities.

Officials reminding residents to keep records and photographs of the damage to use for reimbursement requests.