BUFFALO, NY - A few weeks ago Lockport residents experienced some terrible flash flooding to both homes and businesses.
To make a bad situation even worse, Neighbors also learned recently that FEMA was only covering the city infrastructure and not damage to homes or businesses.
After weeks of bad news, residents got a little good news Friday. The governor announced assistance is on its way.
State Senator George Maziarz (R-62nd District) was eager to let Niagara County residents know that flood relief is on its way to homes and businesses that can prove they had flooding damage that insurance would not cover. "Governor Cuomo has decided to make four counties in the state special areas and cover them and in niagara county its two million dollars of funding for home owners and businesses negatively impacted by floods two weeks ago," said Maziarz.
The flash flooding affected hundreds of homeowners and businesses that experienced flooded basements and lost all sorts of household items including appliances, carpets, roofing materials, and drywall. Now anyone who has receipts for repair and replacement will be eligible for some substantial grants.
"Businesses are eligible for reimbursement damage up to $50,000, homeowners are up to $31,900," said Maziarz.
The flood assistance teams will be in Niagara County beginning this weekend. No appointments are necessary. Just show up and staff with the New York Department of Financial Services will help you address the gaps in your coverage.
They'll be at city hall in Lockport this coming Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m., and Monday and Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Homeowners are encouraged to bring receipts for damage caused by the flooding.