Gov. Cuomo not asking for federal help to deal with flooding, for now

Governor Andrew Cuomo's office says New York can't ask for federal aid to help out with damage caused by rising Lake Ontario water levels, yet.

Lake Ontario is reportedly at its highest recorded level in over a century and may rise another five inches in the next month. And with that, flooding is expected to continue to damage shorefront properties and communities in the near future.

A spokesperson for the governor, however, says that there needs to be about $28 million in damage before a request for federal aid would even be entertained.

Lawmakers, including North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik have sent a letter to Cuomo, urging him to apply for federal money to help residents dealing with water damage.

And even with National Guard troops on hand and two sandbagging machines, more volunteers are needed in Jefferson County. Anyone who can help fill sandbags is asked to head to the Chaumont fire station located on State Route 12E at 5 p.m.

Futhermore, the Coast Guard is asking for anyone who is weighing down docks to properly mark the barrels so they can be clearly seen by passing boaters.


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