LOCPORT, NY - Now that a formal disaster declaration has been signed by President Obama for the State of New York in the wake of destructive flooding in late June, the Mayor of Lockport is still assessing how it might help his community which was hard hit.
Mayor Michael Tucker says the city suffered about a million dollars in damage to its streets and wastewater treatment plant which have since been repaired.
He does not know exactly how much the city government will get under this declaration, which is strictly for government costs. But he is still pressing with local lawmakers and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer for government assistance for numerous homeowners who had major damage to basements with flooding, even though FEMA does not normally cover basement damage.
Mayor Tucker said he was "still waiting to hear about the individual assessments for the residents. In our city, that's where most of the damage was. The conversation I had with Senator Schumer's office last night was that (that) decision was probably 10 to 14 days away."
Tucker says people should document their losses with the flooding.
The city is also pressing insurance companies to help determine coverage options for residential property damage.