Governor Cuomo plans to follow up with the White House after he’s heard nothing about a request he made for federal disaster assistance to aid the Mohawk Valley. Torrential downpours in late June caused extensive flooding. Cuomo returned over the weekend to reassess conditions following the on-going recovery efforts.
Food, water, and home clean up kits are being handed out to flood victims in Oneida county and the Mohawk Valley. The Salvation Army is helping Central New York families to stabilize and even rebuild after the floods.
When I spoke to Incident Commander Major James Purvis, he was en-route to Oneida with over one thousand meals.
Senator Chuck Schumer toured areas Wednesday that have been ravaged by flooding over the past five days. He joined officials in Oneida to renew his push for the area to be declared a federal disaster area. His visit comes a day after FEMA officials toured the region. Schumer is hoping FEMA assistance can start getting to homeowners and municipalities soon.
Schumer said he saw plenty of destruction and impact for the area to qualify.