Sherburne left off state aid list

By Perry Russom

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM EDT

Sherburne, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two weeks ago, a flash flood ripped through the village of Sherburne, taking up streets and flowing through homes.

June Black's home had between six and eight inches of water.

She owns the home with her daughter, Julie.

"If you can imagine being in your home and there's nothing you can do all of a sudden there's a river of water coming through your home and you scramble to pick everything up at the last minute," Julie said.

The water left marks in their garage and hallway.

"It was like a war zone in this home," Julie said.

It destroyed furniture, personal possessions and carpets.

June needs carpets to get around. She has a disability, and the smoother services allow her to move about the house more easily.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday $16 million in flood aid will be headed to private homeowners. But it doesn't include a penny for Chenango County.

"It's gong to be a hardship for those folks," said Village Mayor Bill Acee. "I know that we're not eligible for FEMA individual assistance, and I'm not sure what's going to happen there."

Julie said she can't afford to redo the entire carpeting in the house.

"The state needs to come in or federal needs to come in, somebody to figure out where is this water coming from and how do we avoid it from getting into people's homes," she said.

Ideally, Julie said her home could be raised and ditches could be dug deeper to keep the water out. But, she acknowledged, that doesn't happen without money.

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