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

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. -- 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.
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 19, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved more than $5 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.
July 18, 2005
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Repairs to a section of highway in the Town of Hurley, Ulster County, damaged by severe storms and flooding last fall, were performed to higher standards that will help protect the road against future destruction. Heavy and continuous rainfall during the storms led to a surge from uphill streams that overwhelmed a culvert carrying water under Eagles Nest Road. With the culvert blocked by debris, a torrent of water undermined the road bed and washed out a section of the highway and its underlying material.

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