Gov. Cuomo calls for federal funds after Finger Lakes flooding


Governor Cuomo is calling on FEMA to provide federal disaster funds for eight counties after heavy rains led to flash flooding in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.

Cuomo wants FEMA to grant a “Major Disaster Declaration” for Seneca, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Schuyler and Tioga counties.

Last month, some areas were hit with rain totals up to nine inches, leading to devastating flooding for area. The state says, beginning July 22, some areas saw up to 20 inches of rain over a 30-period.

Among the hardest hit locations was the small town of Lodi in Seneca County.

“These storms brought such devastation to the area, local communities were left unsure of how they would recover from such loss and damage,” Governor Cuomo said. “As the state continues to assist the New Yorkers impacted by the flooding last month, I am urging the federal government to recognize the severity of this situation and provide the funding and resources these communities so desperately need.”

You can click here to see the governor’s letter to FEMA.

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