With the water levels at their highest in over 100 years, it has been a long battle to keep roads, beaches, businesses, and homes afloat. Many are relying on the assistance from government to fix this damage.
The Governor was in Irondequoit Thursday, for a celebratory signing of the flood relief bill that was passed during Extraordinary Session last week.
The emergency response has already been done. In this case- a portable dam the state purchased because of the flooding. Also, over 1 million sandbags and a lot of labor have been employed.
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that now, it’s time to rebuild, adding that the Federal Government must now step in.
“I believe the Federal Government owes the state of New York funding to reimburse us for the cost of this disaster,’ he says. “There’s a federal relief program run by an agency called FEMA.”
Governed Cuomo says there’s no doubt that the high volumes of rainfall received this season had a big part in this—but it doesn’t stand alone.
“I believe it’s been compounded and complicated by regulatory actions that were not taken at appropriate times,” he said. “We are where we are. The state can’t do anything about that, but the state can’t be responsive to the situation.”
Now that the bill is signed, many of the homeowners can finally breathe.
In the letter they intend to send to FEMA, lawmakers are requesting funding that will give homeowners and small business up to $50,000 in reimbursement.
This bill will also offer assistance from those who were effected by the wind storm.