(WBNG Binghamton) Congressman Tom Reed (R-23) announced Tuesday that President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for New York State following the severe storms and flooding May 13 through May 22 in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, Otsego, Steuben and Yates Counties.
The disaster declaration releases federal funds to help the communities repair and rebuild.
“Today’s declaration is welcome news for the countless families and businesses that need this relief to help them put their lives back together,” Reed said. “To me, giving these communities a fair chance to repair is the right thing to do – they shouldn’t have to wait any longer for help to rebuild.”
Reed put pressure on the President to issue the federal disaster declaration and worked on the ground with affected counties to report and tally storm damages.
Reed announced in June that the affected counties exceeded the New York State threshold of $26.9 million for federal assistance and urged the Governor to request the federal funds from the President.