Faso and Tenney Praise Major Disaster Declaration for Upstate Counties

Press Release

Date: Oct. 2, 2018
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Environment

Congressman John Faso (R-Kinderhook) and Congresswomen Claudia Tenney (R-New York) today praised the Trump Administration's actions granting a Major Disaster Declaration to seven counties in Upstate New York that experienced unprecedented rainfall and subsequent flash flooding from August 13-15, 2018. Faso and Tenney had previously requested this declaration from the administration to help supplement state and local disaster recovery efforts and further assist the impacted communities rebuild and better prepare for future flooding.

"Critical federal support is on its way for the resilient residents of Broome County, Delaware County, and other areas impacted by severe flooding this summer," said Congressman John Faso. "There is much work to be done, but I am encouraged by President Trump's answer to our call for support and relief. As local families and businesses face millions in damage costs, the Major Disaster Declaration will provide critical assistance to the dedicated state and local efforts to repair and protect our communities."
"Unusually high levels of rainfall along with severe flash flooding, caused significant and costly damage to homes, infrastructure, and small businesses. This declaration of a major disaster provides the much-needed support to ensure our communities in Broome, Chenango, and Tioga counties can address these costs and mitigate against future flooding," said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. "We are grateful to President Trump and FEMA for issuing a major disaster declaration and providing this much-needed support from the federal government."

On September 21, 2018, U.S. Representatives John Faso and Claudia Tenney sent a letter urging the President to support New York State's request for a Major Disaster Declaration in response to flooding caused by heavy rainfall in August, 2018. You can read the letter here.

This Major Disaster Declaration will provide Hazard Mitigation and Public Assistance, which may include debris removal and emergency protective measures. A copy of the announcement can be found here and link to FEMA is here.