Back-to-back storms that pummeled Schenectady County in late July left more than damage behind — they also left several municipalities with huge repair bills they will have to absorb themselves.
Damage estimates across the county exceed $3 million, according to preliminary estimates.
Municipalities had counted on state assistance to offset these costs. But the state did not meet the threshold to declare a disaster, which would have qualified it for federal assistance.
That, in turn, means local communities will not receive any state assistance for their cleanup efforts, said William VanHoesen, director of emergency management for Schenectady County. “The county is not eligible for disaster preparedness relief,” he said.
The county itself sustained $2.7 million in damage. Delanson is looking at least $200,000 in damage to the McMillian Well, a conduit that connects the upper and lower reservoirs that supply water to the village. Glenville is looking at $100,000 in damage.
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