Cuomo seeks federal disaster declaration for North Country

The preliminary FEMA report does not include additional damages caused by standing water. In some areas, the full extent of damages won't be realized for weeks, if not months.

Cuomo is seeking implementation of FEMA's Public Assistance program for 21 counties. That program provides municipalities with a 75 percent federal reimbursement rate to help with repairs and debris removal.

Cuomo also wants Individual Assistance aid through FEMA, which helps individuals and households.

Essex, Franklin, and Clinton counties would be covered under both programs.

Additionally, Cuomo hopes FEMA will implement its Hazard Mitigation program, which covers 75 percent of approved costs for local governments that undertake programs aimed at preventing long-term risk to life or property from disasters like flooding.

Cuomo says the state's response to flooding in the North Country was "swift and continuous."

Multiple state agencies chipped in with support for local communities, Cuomo notes. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision dispatched eight crews to assist with sandbagging in Essex County. The state Department of Transportation, meanwhile, utilized 1,200 people and 150 pieces of equipment in its flood response.

The state Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health also monitored potential risks in North Country communities.

The governor's disaster declaration request also covers several other North Country counties, including: Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, and Warren.

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