It is no secret that when heavy rains fall in our area, over long periods of time, the smaller tamer creeks and streams in the region can become turbulent, unpredictable and even violent.  Such was the case during the flooding that took place in our smaller towns during July 11-18.  Normally placid streams and creeks roared out of their banks and did considerable damage to tiny communities like Morris and Gilbertsville.  The damage is significant and the recovery period will be long.  And expensive.

State legislators representing Otsego, Chenango, and Broome counties have now called on the governor to formally request a federal disaster declaration to assist with repair costs associated with flooding due to a heavy rainfall event over the week of July 11-18, 2021.

Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C-Schenevus) said, “Our local municipalities and businesses are already working on the thinnest of margins and adding disaster repair costs could be devastating. While the damage assessment and clean-up are ongoing, it is vital that local officials know they will have state and federal support to assist them in what will certainly be a costly recovery.”

Senator Fred Akshar (R/C-Endwell) said, "Over the past week, I've seen firsthand the damage to residents' homes and businesses during these storms and flash floods. Our local municipalities do the very best they can to provide resiliency efforts but the state and federal government must step up the plate. It's incredibly important that we leave no stone unturned in providing relief for these families and help local and state authorities get the tools they need to bring tangible infrastructure improvements to these neighborhoods.”

Assemblyman Joe Angelino (R/C/I-Norwich) said, “I’ve been to the impacted areas and walked the ground with local officials. The amount of damage is beyond their capabilities and we are asking for support and assistance from the state and federal government to help these people. We are appreciative for the assistance that the New York State Department of Transportation has already provided.”

The trio of legislators have sent a letter directly to the governor requesting immediate help.

Watch this story for further developments.

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