Chenango Wants Individual Aid
Published: December 18th, 2006
By: Melissa deCordova

NORWICH – Local emergency management officials are quickly pulling together a case for convincing federal emergency management teams of the need for individual assistance for damages related to Nov. 16th’s flash flooding.

Chenango was one of eight counties that were declared eligible for aid last week. The region had still been cleaning up from the flood in June, for which it also became eligible for federal disaster assistance.

But unlike before, federal aid did not come in a second time for individual losses. Chenango County Board of Supervisors Chairman Richard E. Decker said he received a call from Sen. Charles Schumer’s office almost immediately after the announcement Dec. 12, saying he had requested that FEMA revisit the area and declare aid for individuals and small businesses.

“His office said they were pressing FEMA to do it,” Decker said. “They thought it was a very good chance that it would happen.” Chenango County has joined Broome County and the state of New York in appealing the declaration.

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