FEMA funding comes in trickles, not floods

NORWICH – The Town of Norwich held its first meeting of the new year Monday and had various topics to discuss – one being funding to cover expenses from the summer and fall flooding.

Following June flooding and then again after November’s flash flooding, the Town of Norwich had contracted Burrell’s Excavating, as well as others, to get the town’s roads back in order. Flooding left several roads, such as Lower Ravine, Springvale and Whitestore roads in dire need of repair. Sluices were lodged with various debris, bridges were washed out and road construction was going to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The June and November floods were classified as natural disasters, and therefore funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was available for municipalities to do what was necessary to get the damage repaired for the safety of the public. FEMA officials have been, and are still, on hand, as are representatives from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Army Corps of Engineers and several construction teams to get the work complete.

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