State offers disaster relief for flood victims in Yates County

Matt Martin
May 23, 2014

Yates County will be getting disaster recovery assistance in the wake of last week’s flooding. As Matt Martin reports, the grants are available to homeowners and businesses.

Homeowners in the affected areas are eligible for grants of up to $10,000 and small businesses up to $25,000.

Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy visited Penn Yan Friday, and was joined by state workers there to start signing people up for the grants. Duffy says that people should expect a check within a week.

“Whether its providing housing for those that rent, repairing housing for those that live in a house, getting a house cleaned out, or a business back up and running,” says Duffy.

After two storms pounded Yates County last week, several creeks surged over their banks and left millions in property damages.

According to the state, nearly 150 homes and 20 businesses are in need of immediate assistance.

State and local officials had tried to get federal assistance but were unsuccessful.

“One of the challenges we faced also was that this didn’t really rise the threshold of FEMA with the big disasters on a national level,” says Duffy.

Duffy says that the state is still petitioning FEMA for help repairing damage to the infrastructure around Yates County.