FEMA money announced for Lake Ontario flood victims, Cayuga County not on list

Neighbors still hopeful they'll see help soon

Fair Haven N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - It was over the summer that parts of Central New York were severely impacted by flooding along Lake Ontario.

Fair Haven in Cayuga County was one of those communities.

High water and sandbags lined the bay in Fair Haven, including the property of the Little Sodus Inn.  

"It's probably huge money, it's probably huge money. I wouldn't even begin to tell you the amount of what people have sustained or what will fix what damage was created," said Little Sodus Inn employee, and Village Board Trustee Holley Webster-Goolden.

Webster-Goolden found out Tuesday that the 'huge money' she talked about wouldn't come from the federal government. Not for her tight-knit Fair Haven community, at least not right now.

"I think we get overlooked a lot," she explained, "I'm grateful that we're a wonderful, small community that can help each other out because that's what we need. We need that. If we can't get funding from other people we need to help each other."

That's the reason Mayor Jim Basile spent Tuesday calling New York politicians. 

Neighboring counties like Wayne and Oswego now have access to FEMA money for repairs, following President Trump's federal disaster declaration, which came after an initial request from Governor Cuomo. 

Basile's application for Fair Haven is in, it's just a waiting game. The good news is that they haven't been denied, "I think the process will continue to go through and as they continue to get the applications through, we will be included," the mayor added. 

The FEMA money is available for local governments in impacted counties. The list includes: Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Wayne, Oswego, St. Lawrence. Within those counties, municipalities can apply for money through New York State. The application will then be continued at the federal level. 

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