US Senators Gillibrand and Schumer call on FEMA to provide recovery money for 2017 flooding

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - US Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are calling on FEMA to help pay for damage as a result of last year's localized flooding.

Gillibrand and Schumer have reached out to FEMA in hopes of reversing a decision to not award funding for 15 counties that experienced severe weather last summer.

Last June and July, heavy rains caused localized flooding in Broome County, but FEMA says since a single storm did not cause all of the problems, the county did not reach FEMA's damage threshold needed to distribute recovery money.

Gillibrand says there is no provision that the funding has to be tied to a single weather-related event or storm.

She says money needs to be given to those who were impacted by the weather.

"It's really important.  It's the difference between not being able to rebuild or your community. Many homeowners don't have the resources to rebuild a home if it's destroyed and many business owners don't have the resources to rebuild a business if it's destroyed.  FEMA can give some money to start that process.  We really need that safety net," said Gillibrand.

Gillibrand and Schumer's letter also included examples of FEMA Funding awards that were given to other communities during similar circumstances.

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