New York Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1589)

Incident period: April 2, 2005 to April 4, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on April 19, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 14, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Disaster recovery assistance from early April flooding in New York, which led to a presidential disaster declaration April 19, has reached nearly $35 million, according to state and federal officials. In all, 3,421 New Yorkers registered for assistance. Total assistance to residents, business owners and government agencies stands at $34,901,446. The registration period has ended. Aid to Individuals and Businesses
August 26, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y -- Fewer than one in five New Yorkers who registered for April flooding disaster aid were prepared for the event, federal and state disaster recovery officials said today. “Of the 3,420 registrants, only 542 said they had insurance for some of their losses,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne Jackson of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). That’s why state and federal recovery officials are encouraging all New Yorkers who live on or near a water source to buy flood insurance for structures and contents.
August 23, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $10 million in disaster aid to the State of New York to help fund recovery efforts in several New York counties and local jurisdictions following storms and floods in early April. At the request of Governor George Pataki, President Bush signed a major disaster on April 19 authorizing federal aid to help New York recover from the April 2-4 flooding.
August 16, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- About one-third of approved reimbursements to New York local governments to repair April flooding damages have been enhanced with mitigation funds to make the repairs more disaster resistant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. “To date, we have approved more than $9 million in reimbursements,” Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne Jackson of FEMA said, “and more than $3 million of that is money that will improve the repairs’ ability to resist like damage in a future disaster.”
August 12, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A flood control project completed three years ago in the City of Rensselaer has spared residents of the city’s “hollow” their traditional spring flooding, even during the early-April storms this year that led to Rensselaer County’s inclusion in a federal disaster declaration. Working together, local, state and federal agencies solved the perennial flooding problem by using the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program administered by the State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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