Gowanda, NY (WBEN) Four and a half years after storms wreaked havoc on Gowanda, Governor Cuomo announces more than $700,000 in FEMA-approved funds will be directed toward the village to help reimburse the costs of flood damage.
“This funding will go a long way to offset recovery costs incurred by the Village of Gowanda when it was struck by severe flooding in August 2009,” Governor Cuomo said. “After several years of advocating for FEMA to release this funding, I am pleased that the Village is receiving this long-overdue and deserved support. This will allow Gowanda to move on from the damage that was incurred and continue to reimagine their community for the new reality of extreme weather.”
DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “New York State, who acts as the grantee for these Federal funds, worked tirelessly to wade through the application and appeal process to ensure that every dime that Gowanda was entitled to will be delivered.”
The Village of Gowanda was inundated with nearly four feet of flood waters that swept away cars and mobile homes, damaged home foundations and businesses and caused extensive property and structural damage. Receding waters uncovered scenes of devastation the community was unprepared for. As a result, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie Counties were declared as state disaster sites and a Federal disaster declaration was issued on September 1, 2009.
The federal disaster declaration made Public Assistance (PA) funding available to the counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chenango, Cortland, and Erie; Individual Assistance (IA) was available to three of those counties: Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Erie. The Seneca Nation of Indians was also approved for both IA and PA. Public Assistance – aid that helps rebuild public infrastructure – will top $40 million once completed.