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Homes and Community Renewal

Southern Tier and Finger Lakes August 2018 Storm and Flood Recovery

Communities in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions were severely impacted by severe storms and flash flooding that occurred August 13 through August 15, 2018. These storms were near the end of a 30-day period that started July 22, 2018 during which National Weather Service data indicates these regions received between 10 and 20 inches of rain. When the August storms struck with heavy rainfall and strong winds, they combined with the saturated ground to produce flash floods and significant damage.

On August 14, Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency and was joined by nine local governments due to the severity of the storms. As a result of the damage caused by these storms, Governor Cuomo requested technical assistance in the form of a Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment on August 24. On October 2, the Federal Government announced approval for a major disaster declaration, making funding available to State government, eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by these severe storms.

On November 2, Governor Cuomo announced the availability of $13 million to help homeowners recover from the storms. This new residential assistance program provides funding to primary homeowners whose damages exceed insurance claims and other available aid. With maximum grants of $50,000, this program will help eliminate the unmet need of homeowners. Assistance will be provided in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga, Delaware, and Chenango counties.

The grants can go toward reimbursements to support repairs to and restoration of structures, and other physical damage required for safety and habitability, including foundations, heating systems, electric systems, wells and septic systems, insulation, and flooring.

Applications from homeowners for the residential assistance program will be accepted starting Monday, November 5. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 4, 2019. Applications will be available from local not-for-profit housing organizations, who are administering the program. Homeowners seeking an application should contact:

Bishop Sheen
(Tioga and Seneca counties)

Arbor Housing and Development
(Schuyler, Chemung, Broome Delaware, and Chenango counties)
607/654-7487 x 2049