FEMA continues to issue North Country denials

Newest: no extension for declaration period

— The North Country is getting no love from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The latest in a string of denials from FEMA came this week, as a request to extend the disaster declaration period was turned down by the federal agency.

Public assistance had been previously approved for 21 counties that suffered significant damage during spring flooding earlier this year. The disaster declaration covered public infrastructure damaged between April 28 and May 9.But local, state and federal officials lobbied FEMA to extend that time period to April 3 through May 30.

FEMA has since contacted New York to deny the request.

Last week, North Country leaders learned that a second request for individual assistance had been rejected.

Damage to public and private property in Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties is estimated in the tens of millions of dollars.

Some good news has surfaced, as North Country Congressman Bill Owens announced last week that farmers are eligible for federal assistance in order to recoup funds lost when crops and animals were lost during the peak of historic flooding this year.

County lawmakers from across the region say they will appeal the latest FEMA decision.

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