The latest tropical storm to leave its mark on the region has resulted in the latest federal emergency declaration.
President Obama today declared a state of emergency for counties in the Capital Region and Southern Tier, based off of flooding and damage brought this week by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, The White House announced.
The president last week gave a similar declaration after the remnants of Hurricane Irene slammed the region.
The declaration related to Lee allows the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate hardship and suffering in the areas. The declaration also provides assistance for required emergency measures to save lives and protect property, public health and safety.
Locally, the counties named are Schenectady, Schoharie, Montgomery, Albany and Rensselaer.
Also named in the declaration were Chenango, Chemung, Delaware, Greene, Herkimer, Oneida, Otsego, Sullivan and Tioga counties.
The declaration specifically authorizes FEMA to provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding, The White House said.