Flooding aid for damaged roads and highways announced

Flooding in Clinton, June 28

After the devastating flooding impacted roads and highways in the Mohawk Valley, the Federal Department of Transportation will give $5 million in aid for road and infrastructure repair to a dozen upstate counties slammed by recent flooding.

Senators Chuck Schumer and Kristen Gillibrand announced the immediate aid Wednesday for the flood damaged counties. They say this should take the burden off of taxpayers as local governments try to rebuild.

The aid should help repair roadway and bridges along route 51, route 168, route 5, and route 80.

"Today is only one of the first steps in a long road to recovery, but it is a significant step, and great news for the Upstate New York counties affected by the flooding," Schumer said.

The disaster area covered Allegany, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Franklin, Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara, Oneida, Otsego and Warren counties.

This comes after FEMA denied federal funding for local neighbors, forcing the state to have to pay for damages to homes.