BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - More help is on the way for southern tier flood victims.
Congressman Brian Higgins has formally requested a federaldisaster declaration for the flood-ravaged Southern Tier and theNational Guard is already joining the relief effort.
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Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) sent a letter to PresidentObama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) formallyrequesting “Individual Assistance” for Western New Yorkresidents impacted by the severe floods that hit the area August 8– 10, 2009 as well as federal assistance for localmunicipalities available with a Presidential disasterdeclaration.
“The devastation left by the flooding in SouthernErie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, as I witnesses firsthand in Silver Creek on Tuesday, produced unimaginable destructionto homes, businesses, infrastructure and municipalfacilities” said Congressman Higgins. “People here havelost everything – their homes, cars and belongings. We arecommitted to doing everything we can to provide critical resourcesto restore and rebuild these great communities.”
The State Emergency Management office will be takinginventory of the regional destruction and determining if damagesreach the financial threshold required for a Presidential disasterdeclaration. Following the federal designation FEMA may authorizeaid through the individual assistance and public assistanceprograms.
Through FEMA’s Individuals and Households programresidents living in Presidential Disaster Areas designated forindividual assistance would be eligible to apply for financialassistance toward housing and other essential needs.
Under FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant program localgovernments receive aid to support and expedite response andrecovery.
“Every personal story of tragic loss brings with itanother account of neighborhoods and communities coming together tohelp one another, a clear demonstration of Western New York’sresilience. I commend the hundreds of people from dozens ofagencies participating in clean-up and emergency response,”added Congressman Higgins.
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