LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - It looks unlikely that Uncle Sam will throw a lifeline to homeowners in Lockport hit hard by that record flooding last month.
Mayor Michael Tucker says his city suffered more than $7 million in damage on June 28 when almost a half foot of rain fell in three hours.
But FEMA won't declare a natural disaster unless there's at least $26 million in property damage statewide. And agency officials toured the city earlier this week and determined most of the damage was contained to basements, which FEMA does not consider to be primary living spaces.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy is telling homeowners not to worry.
"I can't speak for FEMA but I can speak for what the governor said. If FEMA does not act the state will. And the governor has been emphatic about that. The governor has identified Niagara County as one of the counties in a disaster cluster," he stated.
Property owners are also eligible for low-interest loans through the small business administration.
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will stop in Buffalo to make an announcement about a sustainable homes program.
State Education Commissioner John King is on his way to Buffalo. He is coming for a forum on the Common Core curriculum, downtown Thursday.
The Jo Bros are playing at Kissmas Bash Thursday night at the First Niagara Center. But the band split in September, saying there’s a deep rift.