FEMA denies major flood disaster declaration for Oneida County

WSYR-TV - FEMA has rejected requests of a “major disaster declaration” in Oneida County. 

The declaration would have provided much-needed federal assistance to hundreds of people impacted by record-flooding in July. 

In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, FEMA stated that the flooding wasn’t bad enough for financial help from the federal government, and that recovery should be doable with state and local funding. 

Flooding affected 15 counties across Upstate New York, and Oneida County was hit the hardest with $10 million in damage.

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney called for FEMA assistance early on, and even sent a letter to President Donald Trump with the request.

Tenney called for the immediate appeal of FEMA’s decision:

“It was deeply disappointing to learn that FEMA denied this request for vital federal assistance that the constituents I represent deserve and need. Residents and municipalities alike are overwhelmed and frustrated by the increasing frequency of flooding and a federal disaster declaration would have provided critical assistance to help them recover from the costly damage. I am urging FEMA to revisit this request and reverse its decision.  I stand ready to work with FEMA and the State of New York to ensure that all impacted receive the assistance they desperately need,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. 

Also weighing in, in a scathing letter to FEMA, was Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente. 

See his full letter below. Mobile users click here

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