FEMA approves federal funds for Finger Lakes flooding

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FEMA has issued a major disaster declaration for the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier after significant flooding in August.

Some areas saw up to nine inches of rainfall during storms that swept through the region. The hardest hit areas were the southern Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.

Following the rain and flooding, state and federal leaders called on FEMA to declare a disaster to help communities recover. Tuesday, FEMA approved those requests. Now, local agencies in seven counties, including Seneca, and the state will have access to grants to help pay recovery costs related to the storm.

“This is an important and vitally-needed shot in the arm for the Rochester-Finger Lakes and Southern Tier communities that were ravaged by the devastating flooding this August. It will provide critical federal funds for seven flood-impacted counties throughout the two regions, greatly enhancing recovery and rebuilding efforts,” said Senator Schumer in a statement. “I am pleased that FEMA heeded our call by agreeing to help these harshly impacted communities, and will always fight to secure crucial federal assistance whenever New York State is hit by severe weather.”

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