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Flood Relief Meeting in Veteran
August 15, 2013
VETERAN -- (WENY) People on Clair Street in Pine Valley are ready for some answers. Packing their cars and packing the parking lot at Veteran Town Hall.
They're just one of the streets that got hit hard by the rain and are looking for help. One woman at the meeting said, "do I continue paying taxes on a house that I can no longer live in? While I try to put a roof over my family?"
People from all over the county got together at the town board meeting in Veteran to find answers from local and county officials. Families like the Spencers, who are still unable to get into their home after water surrounded their home on Smith Street in Pine Valley.
Bill Spencer and Edie Spencer, from Pine Valley, "we're tired and stressed out. We're frustrating because we're having a hard time getting back into the trailer and getting things out of there."
But did they get the answers they were hoping for?
"They didn't really solve anything that I came down for I was hoping for something better than that," said Bill Spencer.
Many people in the room don't have flood insurance or any help with the cost of damages. Officials tried to step in to find ways to help.
"My thought is this, there is no way we can fix everything at least get started there were some things that they recommended tonight that
I think made some sense and we can do them pretty quickly so lets get started and we can figure out when we can do them," said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli.
They want to make sure the streams are clear from debris and excess rocks. And continue to look for help for the families.
"County Emergency Management on behalf of State Emergency Management has these damage assessment forms and they're available at the town halls so a constituent can get a copy, fill it out and what their
damage estimates are and those are all going to be compiled and delievered to State Emergency Management and evaluated on an overall basis to see what assistance may be available," said Senator Tom O'Mara.
And the clean up continues. There will be a follow up meeting next Thursday, August 22 at 7:30 in Veteran Town Hall.