State Senator James Seward is encouraging Mohawk Valley residents, business owners and farmers hit by recent storms to take advantage of available grants.
“The state has stepped up to fill the void where the federal government has fallen short and I want to make sure those in need are fully aware of the resources available,” said Seward, R - Milford. “National Grid is also repeating a successful grant program that has helped in past disasters, offering direct aid to farmers and businesses.”
Seward on Tuesday met with officials at the flood assistance recovery center in Herkimer and spoke with residents filling out application forms for the Mohawk Valley and 2013 Upstate Flood Recovery Program. He also joined National Grid in announcing a $2 million grant program to help agricultural, business and commercial electric and gas customers with equipment repair and replacement the same day.
“People are making decisions about their future and need immediate assurance that help is available. These various grant programs will get cash into the hands of those in need quickly and help them rebuild their lives,” he said.
The flood recovery program is intended to provide recovery assistance to victims of last month’s floods and to address gaps in coverage for impacted home and business owners and farmers in Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Niagara and Oneida counties.
For additional information on the program and application materials, visit www.nyshcr.org/Programs/NYS-Flood. The deadline to apply is Sept. 3.
Affected homeowners, businesses and farms may also call the New York State Flood Helpline at 1-888-769-7243 for information on how to receive assistance under the flood recovery program. The helpline is available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
The National Grid emergency economic development program will provide grants of up to $50,000 for eligible non-residential customers who sustained physical damage to their premises and lost electric and/or natural gas service due to the storms and flooding.
For additional information on the program and application materials, visit www.ngrid.com/floodrelief. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.
Flood recovery contact information
• For information regarding the U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan information and application forms call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sba.gov/disaster.
Volunteer opportunities: There is a shortage of volunteers to help residents in Herkimer County who have been affected by last month’s flooding. Individuals and organizations interested in volunteering to help with recovery efforts are asked to call 716-796-1656.
Individuals and organizations interested in volunteering may also call the American Red Cross at 733-4666 and the Salvation Army at 866-1240.
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• National Grid: Call 1-800-260-0054 for the inspection program or 1-800-642-4272 for a gas or electric service restart.
• Department of Environmental Conservation: Visit www.dec.ny.gov/permits/89343 or call 793-2555 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for permit information.
For information on a municipality’s debris removal procedures, contact the municipal supervisor or department of public works. For information on those individuals and departments, visit herkimercounty.org/content/Generic/View/5.
In case of emergency, call 911.