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City of Oneida passes relief measures to help flood victims

One day after the FEMA denied aid to homeowners, the city of Oneida is taking flood recovery efforts into its own hands.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - One day after the FEMA denied aid to homeowners, the city of Oneida is taking flood recovery efforts into its own hands.

Oneida city councilors passed a series of relief measures Tuesday night, including waiving application fees for building and demolition permits in flood areas through the end of December.

Homeowners sanitizing their property will also get credit on their next water and sewage bill.

The city is crediting people with 10 units or about 7500 gallons of water to help clean up their residence.

Acting Mayor Max Smith said that's equivalent to leaving a garden hose on for 12 hours straight.

"You are spraying houses, you're trying to spray off everything you own to get all the silt and mud off of it and your driveway and all the rest of it. So, water use is going to be...a lot of water is going to be used,” explained Max Smith, mayor of the city of Oneida.

The mayor announced that free inspections would also continue under the city's current emergency plan and properties in flood areas will be reassessed to offer some tax relief to homeowners. Smith says the rest is up to the Governor.

"When he came here, he said that he would support us and he wouldn't leave us alone, so I take him at his word,” Smith said.

Smith said he'll meet with the governor Wednesday morning to find out how the state will help homeowners. The governor's office would not confirm his plans.

Cuomo announced Tuesday that $10 million in state funds will be made available for flood relief.

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