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
July 18, 2005
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Residents of West Sand Lake avoided flood damage in April thanks to steps taken by their volunteer fire service following a freak autumn blizzard more than 15 years ago. Rensselaer County is among the 21 counties included in a major disaster declaration issued by President Bush, at the request of Governor George Pataki, in the aftermath of the April 2-4 severe storms and flooding. This year’s storms brought only three calls to the West Sand Lake Fire Department to pump out flooded basements, according to Fire Chief Tom Delaney.
July 18, 2005
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.
June 30, 2005
ALBANY, NY -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved nearly $1.5 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. “These funds are helping to restore critical infrastructure, relieve cash flow problems with municipalities and avoid burdening local taxpayers,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Marianne C. Jackson.
June 29, 2005
ALBANY, NY -- Disaster recovery assistance from early April flooding in New York has reached more than $12 million, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials. Since President Bush declared a major disaster declaration on April 19, at the request of New York Governor George E. Pataki, residents, business owners and government agencies in 21 New York counties have been made eligible to register for state and federal disaster recovery programs. To date, 3,352 New Yorkers have registered for assistance.
June 27, 2005
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The six Disaster Recovery Centers established between May 2 and June 18 helped 1,316 New Yorkers begin recovering from early April’s storms and floods that left thousands with damaged homes and businesses and prompted a presidential disaster declaration.The joint State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) centers were set up in the hardest hit counties of Broome, Cortland, Delaware, Orange, Tioga and Ulster following the April 19 declaration.
June 24, 2005
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Customers at several building supply stores in presidentially-declared New York disaster areas came away with more than repair materials. They also received information that may help protect themselves and their families and homes against future flood-related damages. State Emergency Management Agency (SEMO) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Mitigation Outreach Teams reached out to 1,819 New Yorkers shopping at these stores from May 7 to June 19.