State to Cover Local Share of Irene/Lee Damage Costs

By Alice Maggiore

State to Cover Local Share of Irene/Lee Damage Costs

April 11, 2012 Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM EDT

Middleburgh, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces the state will cover the local share of disaster response and recovery costs following a double dose of tropical disaster.

$61 million will be dispersed among 25 counties, helping municipalities cover costs including emergency shelters, roads water systems, infrastructure repair, stream and riverbed mitigation, and other clean up projects.

Normally, FEMA will cover 75% of such costs, and the remaining quarter is split between the state and local governments.

The total storm damage cost is more than $1.6 billion .

That makes up almost 15,000 separate response and recovery projects.

Locally, it breaks down like this:

Broome County sustained the most damage in the Southern Tier; more than $75 million.
Thanks to today's announcement, the state will cover almost $9.5 million of that.

Tioga County had about $57.5 million in losses.
The Empire State will take care of $7 million of that.

Delaware County saw $31.7 million dollars in damages.
The state will absorb nearly $4 million of that.

In Chenango County, damages totaled almost $13 million.
The state will pay for $1.5 million.

Otsego County lost $12 million.
$1.5 million of that will be covered by New York.

Tompkins County saw the least damage in our area - $2.8 million.
Of that, about $350,000 will be covered by the state.