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Halloween storm victims in Hamburg look for help

Posted at 11:30 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-21 05:17:55-05

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WKBW) — Homeowners in Hamburg packed Town Hall, looking for answers on how to recover from the Halloween windstorm that damaged homes and businesses, and left Hoover Beach covered in debris.

The windstorm also caused significant flooding. The National Weather Service said as the lake levels have been rising over the years, it takes less wind for there to be a flood. Sean Crotty, the Town of Hamburg Emergency Manager, addressed the concerned homeowners telling them Hamburg's working to get FEMA funding for the public damages.

Crotty said the top priority is peoples homes, they're assessing whether the homes are livable.

"Whether you could live and stay in your homes, whether there was damage to your homes, and really what was key, was that water above the electrical appliances or the electric outlets in tour homes," he said. "So that impacted the livability in your homes."

In order for residents to receive disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration the county has to be deemed eligible. In order to be deemed eligible 25 homes or small businesses in the county need to have sustained 40% or more uninsured loss.