FEMA to start touring Chenango flood damage tomorrow

NORWICH – Chenango County once again finds itself picking up, or wringing out, the pieces following Tropical Storm Lee and the extensive flooding that occurred across the state.

According to Director of Public Works Randy Gibbon, the clean-up has been exponentially more difficult due to damage caused by storms in April and June.

“The problems just keep compounding,” he said. “Our first goal is safety and getting roads open ... we haven’t had a chance to fully assess the damage and provide an estimate.”

Representatives from FEMA will arrive on Friday to tour the county with public works officials in order to begin developing an estimate of the damages and to determine if they would declare Public Assistance for Chenango County. On Wednesday, FEMA declared Individual Assistance for five counties across the Southern Tier, including Chenango, which would provide federal disaster aid to homeowners, renters and small businesses.

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