FEMA crew begins surveying April storm damage

NORWICH – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has begun its survey of an estimated $2.5 million worth of damage to Chenango County’s roadways during the violent storm that ripped across the eastern seaboard on April 28.



FEMA employees based in Syracuse toured nearly one third of the damaged roads last week. However, because of the extensive damage to areas across the United States, including Joplin, Mo. and large parts of Alabama, the FEMA crew will have to divide their time between both Chenango and Broome counties.

“The problem is ... FEMA doesn’t have enough people right now,” said Emergency Management Coordinator Matthew Beckwith. “As more things get cleared up around the country, we will get more focus.”

This could mean an entirely different team will have to come and re-survey the damages in the future. Beckwith expressed concern about the inconsistencies this may create further down the road, and said he has shared these with FEMA officials.


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