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Irene: State offers flood funds

Irene: State offers flood funds

Several agencies helping those devastated by Tropical Storm Irene, including those in Schoharie Coun

Several agencies helping those devastated by Tropical Storm Irene, including those in Schoharie County, have been awarded more than $1 million in grants from a New York state Department of State grant program, officials announced Thursday.

The money comes in the form of emergency aid to local community action agencies providing relief to storm-ravaged cities and towns. The agencies are to use the money to continue their efforts in providing basic needs and support, including food, drinking water and temporary housing.

The money is also to help with generators, emergency transportation and medical assistance, officials said.

The funds come from the Department of State’s Community Services Block Grant program. They are available to all counties impacted by the storm, including Schoharie, Schenectady, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties.

In Schoharie County, the Schoharie County Community Action Program was awarded funds to provide housing, transportation and food assistance, officials said. The agency is providing upfront costs for lodging, as well as food and gas cards, to impacted residents, many of whom lost their homes in Irene’s flooding.

In Montgomery and Fulton counties, the Fulmont Community Action Agency is using its funds to provide clothing, water, lunches and emergency transportation to residents. The Fulmont office in Fonda was temporarily closed due to flooding, but offices in Amsterdam and Gloversville remain open.

In Rensselaer County, the Commission on Economic Opportunity for the Greater Capital Region has provided similar services to residents there through the funding.

The exact amounts given to each agency were not included in a press release.

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