LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo came to Lockport Tuesday, to discuss $16 million in state aid for residents who have been impacted by the record rainfall and flooding earlier this month. FEMA is not helping neighbors with clean up costs, but the state is.
Cuomo's office estimates 500 homes and 150 businesses suffered damage from flooding. One person News 4 spoke with had $15k in damages. Cuomo said Tuesday that homeowners may be eligible for up to $31,900 in assistance, small businesses and farmers may be eligible for $50,000 in aid.
Hundreds of residents have already been applying for state flood damage aid at the Lockport Municipal Building. Dan Stegman says about two feet of water poured into his basement on High Street in Lockport, wiping out a furnace and a washer. Stegman explained, "I had to get the whole basement cleaned out, professionally cleaned out because there was sewage back up."
Stegman estimates his losses to be in the range of $5,000. He started the process of trying to recoup some of the cost at the municipal building, where the state has a team of experts in place to help homeowners, renters, small businesses and farm operations.
Empire State Development's Sam Hoyt said, "We're strongly advising that people bring receipts for any damage, any repairs any items purchased, and photographs, if they have photographs."
New York has set aside about $2 million in flood recovery for Niagara County. Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker says most of the damage happened in the city.
Tucker said, "We pumped out almost 600 basements, I can tell you that. And 200 to 250 of those basements had at least five feet of water. So, there was some severe damage."
Niagara County residents who need state aid can continue to fill out application Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Lockport Municipal Building.
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