Lockport, NY (WBEN) Governor Cuomo says he's deploying flood assistance teams to Niagara County to accept applications for relief after last month's heavy rains in Niagara County.
“Under the Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program, the State is committing $16 million to ensure that hard hit business owners, renters, farmers and homeowners have the financial assistance they need to recover damaged and destroyed homes and property,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage those affected in the Niagara County region to apply for assistance and speak with our state’s representatives for any questions.” This Sunday, July 21 through Tuesday, July 23, the Governor is deploying staff from the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), and other state agencies to provide eligible applicants with application assistance.
These state representatives will be available at:
Lockport Municipal Building
One Locks Plaza
Lockport, New York
Hours of operation are:
Sunday, July 21: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 22: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Under the program, homeowners, small business owners, renters and farmers or farm operations located in the designated counties may be eligible to receive grants, subject to the documentation of flood-related damage and uninsured losses. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $31,900 in assistance. Small business owners and farmers or farm operations may be eligible for up to $50,000 in assistance.
For homeowners, eligible costs include the repair and/or replacement of damage to roofs, windows, doors, siding, flooring, drywall, insulation, foundations, well and septic systems, electric systems, fuel tanks, heating and water systems, and appliances, as well as remediation of environmental hazards. For renters, eligible costs may include the repair/replacement of damage to personal property, including replacement of damaged or destroyed clothing for family residing in the rental unit and replacement or repair of damaged or destroyed furniture. Homeowners whose properties were destroyed by these floods may also be eligible for a buyout of their damaged property.
For businesses, eligible costs include reimbursement for losses to inventory, equipment, materials, fixtures and furniture; as well as design, construction, rehabilitation or reconstruction of flood damaged structures.
For farms, funding is available for emergency funding to help with farm capital repair and replacement needs.