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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
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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
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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).
August 11, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, NY -- Following New York's April flooding, John Watkins faced grim prospects. Watkins -- a resident of Kingston's Boice's Mobile Home Estates -- lost his mobile home to the flood. He was homeless, without funds and in ill health. But thanks to the joint disaster recovery efforts of federal, state, local governments and volunteer groups, Watkins now is living in a good decent affordable home and faces brighter prospects.
August 3, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Disaster recovery assistance from early April flooding in New York has reached more than $22 million, according to state and federal officials. In all, 3,415 New Yorkers registered for assistance. Total assistance to residents, business owners and government agencies has reached $22,293,348. The registration period has ended. Aid to Individuals and Businesses
July 27, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Repair of a section of a stream bank in the Town of Vestal, Broome County, damaged by Tropical Depression Ivan last fall, included special measures that have proved successful in protecting an adjacent sewer line. Heavy rainfall during Tropical Depression Ivan washed out a section of the bank along Choconut Creek near a town sewer main, an area described by County Office of Emergency Services Director Michael Aswad as "a continual flash flooding problem in that part of the county."
July 27, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Repairs to town highways damaged when Tropical Depression Ivan pounded Sullivan County during September, 2004, have been designed to make the roads better able to absorb severe weather in the future. Heavy rains during the storm caused flooding that washed out roads, eroded shoulders and compromised ditches in the Salak subdivision in the Town of Lumberland. The approved repair project looked beyond restoration to avoiding future destruction.

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