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Schumer pledges to fight for federal aid for hurricane recovery

August 30, 2011

Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer pledged to fight to secure all possible aid for counties throughout the Hudson Valley in light of the flooding caused by Irene. The storm dumped record amounts of rainfall and high winds caused over one million New Yorkers to lose power. In the coming days and weeks, federal, state and local emergency officials will be conducting damage assessments and likely applying for federal aid to help towns, businesses, farmers and homeowners recover and rebuild after the storm. Schumer today announced that he will do everything possible to help secure all of the necessary federal aid for the Hudson Valley.

“The Hudson Valley should receive every possible type of federal aid to help rebuild and recover from Hurricane Irene,” said Schumer. “I am going to fight as hard as possible to secure every last dollar, to help our communities get back up on their feet again. As we survey the damage in the coming weeks, I encourage local leaders and officials to make their needs known so that we can get to work bringing the resources and tools that we need to the counties to get the recovery effort underway as quickly as possible.”

The storm wreaked havoc all across the Hudson Valley causing major problems including flooding, power outages and major infrastructure damage causing many road closures. 80,000 residents in Dutchess and Ulster counties, 96,000 in Orange and Rockland counties and an additional 136,000 residents in Rockland, Putnam and Westchester counties were left without power after the storm hit.

As the full extent of the damage becomes clear in the coming days and weeks, counties throughout the Hudson Valley may be eligible for a variety of federal aid including:

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE:
- Aid to individuals and households
- Temporary housing, where homeowners and renters receive funds to rent a different place to live
- Homeowners get grants to repair damage not covered by insurance
- Under rare conditions homeowners get money to replace a disaster damaged home
- SBA Loans (technically SBA loans fall under IA) – loans are made to replace disaster-related damages to home or personal property, to business owners to repair damaged property

-USDA financial and technical assistance to help farmers deal with on-farm damages and compensate for production losses

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE:

- Aid to public and certain nonprofit entities for emergency services and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities

- There are seven categories of public assistance:

Category A: Debris Removal