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Montgomery County flood victims start getting checks

Montgomery County flood victims start getting checks

More than $1.4 million was handed out Thursday to Montgomery County businesses, individuals and farm
Montgomery County flood victims start getting checks
From left, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Thayer, county Emergency Management Director Adam Schwabrow and State Emergency Management Office Regional Director Shannon Green-Finegan tour flood-ravaged Abbott

More than $1.4 million was handed out Thursday to Montgomery County businesses, individuals and farmers affected by flooding earlier this summer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 1,206 state aid checks worth $13.6 million were being sent to Mohawk Valley flooding victims. There were 104 checks sent out in Montgomery County, with about two-thirds of the checks going to homeowners.

Checks were able to be distributed about two months after the flooding as the result of the state expediting the process, Cuomo said in a news release.

At a glance

A look at the money distributed Thursday in Montgomery County

• $938,000 among 67 homeowners

• $60,000 among 20 renters

• $270,000 among 11 small businesses

• $152,000 among six farms

“In a few short weeks, money has begun to flow to enable residents in these communities to begin the recovery process and build back better than before,” he said.

More checks are expected to be issued in coming days.

Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Chairman John Thayer, R-Root, said in a news release the distribution of checks reaffirmed the governor’s commitment to the region.

“With funding from the New York State Flood Recovery Program on its way, affected residents can rest easier knowing that they have the support of the governor and state government,” he said. “This aid serves as a vital source of revenue for so many struggling New Yorkers, and I am thankful to the governor for making it a reality.”

State funding is available to homeowners who need to make repairs or who are requesting a buyout. Businesses can get reimbursement for lost inventory and infrastructure damage, and farms can get money for capital repair and replacement costs.

The Mohawk Valley is also eligible for some federal assistance through FEMA, but the region did not qualify for federal individual aid. As a result, Cuomo launched the Mohawk Valley and Upstate Flood Recovery Program to ensure residents who suffered damage to their homes would get the funding they needed to rebuild or cover their losses.

Communities affected by flooding also will have access to $6 million through the governor’s New York Rising Communities Reconstruction program.

Additionally, it was announced last week that FEMA will extend the application period for public assistance to Sept. 10.

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