Gov. Cuomo deploys flood assistance teams to Mohawk Valley

ALBANY, N.Y. — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he
is deploying flood assistance teams to the Mohawk Valley to accept applications
for the $16 million Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program.

The program, which was launched earlier this week, is
intended to provide immediate recovery assistance to victims of these floods
and to address gaps in coverage for impacted homeowners, renters, business
owners and farmers in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, and Oneida Counties.

“Under the Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program, the State is
committing $16 million to ensure that hard hit business owners, renters,
farmers and homeowners have the financial assistance they need to recover
damaged and destroyed homes and property,” Governor Cuomo said. “I encourage
those affected in the Mohawk Valley to visit one of these four locations to
apply for assistance and speak with our state's representatives for any

This Sunday, July 21
through Tuesday, July 23, the Governor is deploying staff from the New York
State Department of Financial Services (DFS), New York State Homes and
Community Renewal (HCR), and other state agencies to four locations in the
Mohawk Valley to provide eligible applicants with application assistance.

Hours of operation at each location are:

Sunday, July 21: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 22: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23: 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Assistance will be available at these four locations:

County of Oneida:
New Hartford Volunteer Fire Department
4 Oxford Rd.
Town of New Hartford

County of Herkimer:
Herkimer County Community College (HCCC)
Robert McLaughlin College Center
100 Reservoir Road
Village of Herkimer

County of Madison:
Oneida Recreation Center
217 Cedar Street
City of Oneida

County of Montgomery:
Senior Center
204 Canal Street
Village of Fort Plain

Under the program, homeowners, small business owners, renters, and farmers or
farm operations located in the designated counties may be eligible to receive
grants, subject to the documentation of flood-related damage and uninsured
losses. Homeowners and renters may be eligible for up to $31,900 in assistance.
Small business owners and farmers or farm operations may be eligible for up to
$50,000 in assistance.

For homeowners, eligible costs include the repair and/or replacement of damage
to roofs, windows, doors, siding, flooring, drywall, insulation, foundations,
well and septic systems, electric systems, fuel tanks, heating and water
systems, and appliances, as well as remediation of environmental hazards. For
renters, eligible costs may include the repair/replacement of damage to
personal property, including replacement of damaged or destroyed clothing for
family residing in the rental unit and replacement or repair of damaged or
destroyed furniture. Homeowners whose properties were destroyed by these floods
may also be eligible for a buyout of their damaged property.

For businesses, eligible costs include reimbursement for losses to inventory,
equipment, materials, fixtures and furniture; as well as design, construction,
rehabilitation or reconstruction of flood damaged structures.

For farms, funding is available for emergency funding to help with farm capital
repair and replacement needs.

Affected homeowners, renters, businesses, and farms can also call the NYS Flood
Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information on how to receive assistance under
the Flood Recovery Program. The NYS Flood Helpline is available from 8:00 a.m.
– 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays
and Sundays.

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