FEMA assesses flood damage across CNY

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TOWN OF OHIO, NY (WUTR-TV) — Federal representatives are tallying up the damage from Halloween floods across Central New York; making a stop at a washed-out bridge on Tuesday.

In the weeks since Oct. 31, the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services has been assessing damaged roads, bridges and homes after historic flooding swept through the area.

Now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is validating those damage assessments–a necessary step in the process to secure a federal ‘disaster declaration,’ which ushers in repair funding.

“After we capture all the damages, the state will make the recommendation through the governor’s office to the president for a federal declaration,” said Christopher Hartnett, the public assistance branch chief for FEMA Region 2.

Christopher Hartnett, a FEMA representative, answers questions from reporters near the washed-out Gray-Wilmurt Road Bridge on Tuesday

Statewide damage assessment totals must reach a $29.6 million threshold to meet a criteria for a FEMA declaration.

“If we’re looking at damage like this…’ ‘…I’m sure we will be close to that number or, if not, well above it,” Hartnett said.

NYSDHSES says they have a 30-day post-storm deadline to submit their application for a disaster declaration to FEMA.

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