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Posted on: June 7, 2017

State Offers Up To $40K For Some Flood Victims

Homeowners with income up to one and a half times the area median income will be eligible for up to $40,000 in funding. "It will vary a little bit by income and it will also vary based on the need. The homeowners will have to go to their insurance company first and this is designed to be a gap filler for what the insurance may not cover or in addition to their coverage limits," said Gary Beasley of Neighbors of Watertown.

Neighbors of Watertown will be handling the funding for Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Oswego counties. Beasley says the organization will be seeing the process through from application to repair. "We'll start setting up interviews, we'll get on the road. There's 200 miles from Oswego to Massena, but we're going to have to go out, do a lot of site visits," he said.

But there are a few stipulations to the program - the funding is only available to permanent residents and can only be used to fix damage to actual homes. "Driveways down to the water, docks, things like that at this point are not going to be eligible under this program. This is designed to help the actual occupied residents," said Beasley. Beasley says any homeowners who have been affected by flooding, even if they think they may not qualify, should contact Neighbors of Watertown. The organization has set up an email account Floodinfo@neighborsofwatertown.com and will be taking calls to help residents get the process started.

You can also call their office at 315-782-8497.
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