New York Severe Storms and Flooding (DR-1857)

Incident period: August 8, 2009 to August 10, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 1, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

September 14, 2009
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Residents in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie counties who have registered for disaster assistance following the August 8-10 floods should expect a house inspection by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), according to the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and FEMA. HERE IS WHAT TO EXPECT:
September 12, 2009
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Fraud can be a big problem in areas struck by disasters, according to officials from the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The damage caused by the August storms and flooding in western New York may leave many homeowners, renters, and business owners vulnerable to fraudulent offers of help, state and federal disaster officials say. As a result, residents of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie counties may be the target of some familiar scams.
September 10, 2009
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Disaster survivors often short-change themselves, when it comes to federal disaster assistance, state and federal officials warned today.
September 9, 2009
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Weekly unemployment benefits will be available to self-employed residents of the three western New York counties declared a disaster area last week, officials of New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.
September 8, 2009
News Release
ALBANY, N.Y. -- By the end of the Labor Day weekend, more than 150 homes in Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties had been inspected, and more than $340,000 in disaster assistance approved, according to state and federal officials. "It was a good start for the holiday weekend," said Jaime E. Forero, the Federal Coordinating Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recovery efforts. "But it's just the beginning."
September 6, 2009
News Release
ALBANY, NY -- Just two days after disaster assistance for individuals and businesses was authorized for residents of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Eire counties, Community Relations teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were canvassing neighborhoods hardest hit by last month's floods. Six Community Relations teams began touring neighborhoods in Silver Creek and Gowanda, both of which were severely damaged in the storms and flooding of Aug.8-10. FEMA's Community Relations teams distributed pamphlets urging residents to register for assistance.

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Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • New York, FEMA-1857-DR (PDF 23KB)
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