Lewis ready to work with feds on relief aid

LEWIS-Town of Lewis Supervisor David Blades recently spoke about the federal disaster that was declared for the region, due to flooding, and how it applied to the town.

"We kept extending the state of emergency in the town because we did not know what FEMA would be looking at in terms of the period of time that the emergency would be declared for," Blades said. "Now we know that they are going through May 8."

Blades said that there were a number of residents who filled out paperwork on flood damage, but there were some cases of damage that they knew about which had not been reported by landowners.

"There are a lot of things out there that are damaged or missing that people have not put a claim in on," Councilman Robert Sweatt said.

"We can't force people to fill out the applications," Blades said.

Town Highway Superintendent Eldred Hutchins said that he was prepared to give the federal government the information they need.

"I have all my paperwork in order," Hutchins said. "When FEMA does come around, we are prepared at the DPW."

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