Broome County Homes Anxious For Flash Flood Aid

By Kiersten Mathieu

July 22, 2010 Updated Dec 18, 2006 at 8:44 PM EST

"Can you move back into your house without FEMA's assistance?" asks reporter

"No ma'am. Can't do it. We need these guys every step of the way," says Keith Kurey of Binghamton.

Keith and Kimber Kurey haven't been able to live in their Binghamton home since it was ravaged by November's flash flooding.

"We need help. We need a furnace. We need a new hot water heater. We want to live in our house," says Kimber Kurey.

The Kurey's and other families are pleading to FEMA teams as they tour the flash flood damage in Broome and Chenango counties.

8 New York counties were declared disaster areas last week.

But the money will go to government and non profit groups.

FEMA's now taking a closer look at homes and businesses, to determine if individual aid is also needed.

"Our individual assistance program, we did not say one way or the other. We just said we'll take a further look. That's what we're doing here today," says :Russ Edmonston of FEMA.

You can still see damage at nearby properties.

One shed was moved by November's flash flooding.

And the yard next door is a mess of debris and mud.

"These people need the hope. A lot of these people got hit twice and they're saying why should I live here?" says Public Works Commissioner Luke Day.

The Kurey's say with a 10-thousand bill, they need FEMA's help.

"Hopefully they'll give it to us. That will be really nice. It will be a nice Christmas present," says Kimber Kurey.

This week, the FEMA teams will also tour towns of Fenton, Chenango, Vestal and Chenango County.

The teams are made up of people from FEMA, the Small Business Administration and New York State's Emergency Management Office.

Their reports will head to Governor Pataki's desk, so he can make a second request for individual aid.

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