Photo by Dave Warner – An aerial view of the flooding in the Southern Ave area of Little Falls on the morning of November 2, 2019.

Following Congressman Anthony Brindisi’s call for a preliminary damage assessment, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be in Oneida and Herkimer Counties Monday through Friday this week to conduct an assessment. Brindisi issued the following statement:

“I’m glad to see the state and FEMA heeded my bipartisan call to assess our region after the devastating floods. I welcome the assessment and hope we can continue to work together to get more resources on the ground. This is an important first step and I’ll continue to work with the local, county, state, and federal agencies to try and make these communities whole.”

Earlier this month, Brindisi and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik called on Governor Cuomo to work with FEMA to assess the state for potential disaster relief assistance.

In order to receive money from FEMA, the State of New York must conduct a Preliminary Damage Assessment in coordination with FEMA. According to FEMA, in order to meet the threshold for public assistance, the impacted counties and the state must both meet a monetary damage threshold. That threshold varies by county and the state threshold is $29.6 million. Residents that experienced flooding are encouraged to report property damage to their county emergency services offices.

Brindisi toured flooding earlier this month and has been attending community meetings throughout the affected area.