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Federal disaster funding approved for parts of NY affected by Lake Ontario flooding

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Federal disaster funding has been approved for some areas of New York affected by flooding earlier this spring.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump declared a "major disaster" in New York for several areas affected by flooding from May 2 through August 6.

Those areas are Oswego, Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, St. Lawrence, and Wayne Counties. Funding will be made available to the state, as well as local and tribal governments in affected areas for emergency, repair and replacement work.

Flooding along Lake Ontario, which had some of the highest water levels ever recorded in 2017, damaged homes and businesses along the shoreline earlier this year.

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“This is a massive and well-deserved shot in the arm for many lakefront counties that we fought long and hard to secure. It will provide federal funds for many counties hit hard by the relentless lake flooding, but we will keep up the pressure until we secure the same support for both Monroe and Cayuga Counties. Residents along Lake Ontario dealt with record-high lake levels and it has caused them to close businesses, caused damage to homes and eroded shoreline protections. This is great news for Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne Counties giving them the crucial funds they need to recover. I am pleased FEMA heeded our calls by agreeing to help affected communities; rest assured I will keep pushing to get the same designation and support for Monroe and Cayuga so that all counties affected by Lake Ontario’s high waters get the funding they need and deserve to get back on their feet." - Senator Charles Schumer

Not included in the designation are Cayuga and Monroe counties. A release by the White House says designations for additional counties may be made if requested by New York and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

“Today’s declaration is a good first step by the federal government and it will supplement the tens of millions of dollars that New York has already invested in the recovery of the Lake Ontario shoreline," said Colin Brennan of Gov. Cuomo's office. "However, there is more work to be done and we will not stop fighting until this declaration is expanded to ensure that Monroe and Cayuga counties receive the assistance they need and deserve.”

However, there is more work to be done and we will not stop fighting until this declaration is expanded to ensure that Monroe and Cayuga counties receive the assistance they need and deserve.”

The state approved $45 million in flood relief over the summer. Last month, Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested more could be necessary.

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