Flooding on Cherry Street in Lockport; Photo Courtesy: Jeff Tracy
LOCKPORT, NY-- Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy and Senator Chuck Schumer (D) were in Lockport Tuesday morning assessing the damage from Friday's flooding.
They are pushing for federal recovery funding for the City of Lockport.
Lt. Governor Duffy said, speaking on behalf of the Governor, that Lockport will be eligible to receive aid due to the flooding on Friday. However, no formal declaration has been made.
State Emergency Management officials will be in Lockport accessing the damage Wednesday morning at 9am.
Last week, parts of the city had up to foot a of water from flooding and a lot of residents there do not have flood insurance.
Right now, the flood damage in Lockport is estimated at over $7 million.
"It is critical that all levels of government commit to helping the City of Lockport and other impacted areas of Niagara County pave the road to recovery as soon as possible," said Schumer in a statement. "After surveying the damage today, it appears the Niagara County should be included in the State's request for a federal emergency disaster declaration. I am in turn urging FEMA to make Niagara and all other New York counties on the emergency declaration eligible for Individual Assistance and all categories of Public Assistance funding, so that repairs for homes, businesses, roads, bridges, parks, water facilities and more will be supported, and the full rebuilding process can begin immediately."
"I want to thank Senator Schumer for coming to Lockport to view the damage caused by Friday's floods. While this flooding, the worst that I've ever seen in Lockport in decades, has caused millions of dollars in damage to the city, I was not at all surprised when I saw the way our community came together to help those affected. I appreciate the Senator's concern and look forward to working with him as we recover from this flood," said Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker in a statement.
The federal funding would provide assistance to help the city rebuild from that flooding.