FEMA denies individual aid for Steuben County

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ALBANY, N.Y. (WETM-TV) – Late Tuesday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul issues a statement concerning FEMA’s individual assistance denial for Steuben County.

“We must do everything in our power to help New Yorkers recover and rebuild from natural disasters. We will immediately appeal FEMA’s decision on Individual Assistance for Steuben County residents impacted by Tropical Storm Fred. The people of Steuben County have suffered enough, and it is our duty to work together to secure the federal funding they deserve.”

GOV. KATHY HOCHUL
(D) NEW YORK

Last week 18 News reported President Biden approved the state’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for eight counties, including Steuben and Tioga. The Governor said she was waiting for FEMA’s decision concerning individual assistance for those in Steuben County hit hard by the Tropical Storm Fred. It appears that decision was handed down Tuesday, according to Gov Hochul’s office.

“We’re disappointed with the results. We definitely know that there’s a substantial need here within our community,” said Steuben County Director of Public Safety Timothy Marshall. “The funds that we have available just are not enough. So we need some type of disaster assistance from either the state or the federal government to be able to provide the help to the residents.”

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says over 350 homes affected by the floods were denied individual assistance.

Stay with 18 News as this story continues to unfold.

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