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State Reps Help Flood Victims

State Reps Help Flood Victims

BRANCHPORT (WENY) -- After some of the worst flooding in decades, New York State is stepping in to help neighbors recover.
     Neighbors in Steuben and Yates counties are still cleaning up after the devastating flash flooding, earlier this month. Many are estimating thousands of dollars in damages and are having some issues with insurance.
     state disaster recovery units and insurance specialists have been throughout the Keuka Lake area for the past few days to help people with insurance claims and payments.
     Homeowners with property damage are being urged to file claims promptly.
     "There's a lot of erosion and now that the water is draining off, the soil is drying out," said flood victim, Bob Fox. "It's continuing to cave in. It's making it's way under my garage. I have no way gain access to my garage for maintenance or emergency equipment. It's just not accessible."
     Bob Fox has a written estimate from a contractor for $10,000 in damages. That doesn't include damage from a creek that runs to the side which swallowed his dock.
     "I gotta continue digging it out I got about 8 foot of it still buried," said Fox.
     He's just one of hundreds of people with questions about how to get the ball rolling with repairs. Governor Andrew Cuomo sent the Department of Financial Servicesí (DFS) Mobile Command Center to the Keuka Lake area to help homeowners and businesses impacted by flooding.
     "For the past two days we've been in Penn Yan," said Banking and Insurance Analyst with the New York State Department of Financial Services, Michael Romano. "The first day we saw about 67 consumers, yesterday we saw about 90 consumers dropping off applications for the state grant program and then also inquiring about questions about their insurance policies
     Affected homeowners may be eligible for up to 10-thousand dollars in assistance, and small businesses could get up to 25-thousand dollars through a state disaster relief program.
     " I don't know if I'm going to get anything or not but I figured if I don't try, I darn sure am not going to get anything.
The Disaster Recovery Assistance Application must be postmarked by June 6th. You can find it at: http://www.nyshcr.org/programs/nys-flood/
     If you have any questions, you can call the DFS Disaster hotline, 1-800-339-1759, which is staffed on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.