May 27th Yates County Flooding Update

  1. 1.   Governor Cuomo Announces New Disaster Assistance Program for Residents and Businesses Hit by Flooding in Finger Lakes Region

Impacted Yates County homeowners and renters will be able to apply directly to the state for assistance. Eligibility will be based on the applicants providing confirmation their damage is a direct result of the Finger Lakes’ flooding from May 2014, and is for damages not already covered by existing insurance policies. Affected homeowners, renters and small business owners who qualify must submit an application within 15 days of today’s announcement of the program. Homeowners, for whom the flood impacted property is a primary residence, can apply for assistance for the following eligible recovery costs: repair and/or replacement of damaged foundations, roofs, windows, doors, siding, flooring, drywall, insulation, bathrooms, garages, and electrical systems; replacement of kitchen cabinets, well/septic systems, non-luxury residential appliances; and remediation of environmental hazards. Renters’ eligible costs include replacement of damaged clothing, small sofas, tables, buffets, credenzas, kitchen table and chairs, beds and dressers, desk, computers, and home office equipment.

Eligible applicants will receive either immediate or full assistance:

  • Immediate assistance in the minimum amount of $100 for homeowners and renters and a minimum amount of $500 for small businesses will be made available to cover the urgent recovery need(s) of applicants providing sufficient supporting documentation of incurred expenses; such as receipts, invoices, contractor estimates, or insurance estimates related to disaster recovery efforts. An additional amount of assistance, up to the maximum allowable for the Program ($10,000 Homeowners/Renters; $25,000 Small Businesses) will be made available upon the submission, review and certification of subsequent documentation for related and eligible recovery costs.
  • Full assistance up to the maximum amount allowable for the Program ($10,000 Homeowners/Renters; $25,000 Small Businesses) will be made available upon the submission, review and certification of receipts, invoices, contractor estimates, or insurance estimates for related and eligible recovery costs, if these documents are furnished at the initial point of application.


At the Governor’s direction, DHSES has requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) assess damage to homes and businesses, which will begin next week in collaboration with State and County officials. SBA’s Physical Disaster Loan Program offers low interest loans for eligible businesses, renters, homeowners and private non-profit organizations. DHSES has separately asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assess storm impacts with state and local officials to determine what aid may be available to repair damaged public infrastructure, if the damage reaches the federal threshold for disaster assistance. FEMA uses a statewide per-capita threshold and other factors to determine if a federal major disaster declaration will be granted and its Public Assistance (PA) program will be provided. Through the PA program, up to 75% of the cost of damages to publicly-owned infrastructure may be reimbursed.


TO APPLY or for additional information on the Yates County Disaster Assistance Recovery Program, please visit: or pick up paper copies at Pro Action Office for the Aging 417 Liberty Street Suite 1116 or Keuka Housing Council 160 Main Street.  COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE DROPPED OFF AT KEUKA HOUSING COUNCIL.



  • If you are a landlord with damages or a homeowner with land damage, please contact Keuka Housing Council at 315-536-8707 to learn about options for you. 
  • According to Michael Weber, Director, Housing Recovery Operations, NYS Homes & Community Renewal estimates that they took more than 300 applications this weekend.
  • There is a 15 day DEADLINE to apply for these applications but you will have 6 months to submit estimates and receipts.  File NOW even if you don’t have all of your paperwork!  The important thing is to get your name into the system as soon as possible!
  • There will be a mobile unit present near the Penn Yan firehouse TODAY from 12:30pm-7pm and tomorrow, May 28 from 9am-5pm to help with insurance issues but will also continue to accept applications


  • 2 trailers of food are being delivered to the First Baptist Church at 7am on Friday, May 30.  The Living Well is in need of volunteers to help unload the food!  If you are able, please show up to the First Baptist Church to help unload at 7am on Friday, May 30.  Food Distribution is from 9am-11am.
  • The Penn Yan Lions Club will be having a food and clothing giveaway for FLOOD VICTIMS only On May 31, 2014 from 10am to 2pm At 163 Main street in Penn Yan. (Next to the Post office)
    • They will have:
      • tuna fish
      • Peanut Butter
      • Spaghetti o’s
      • New underwear
      • Blankets
      • Socks


  1. 3.   DUMPSTERS
  • From the Village of Penn Yan:  the dumpsters on Powell Lane will be available to residents until 3:30 pm on Tuesday(TODAY!).  The Village’s cleanup of yard debris will continue until June 18th.
  • There is a dumpster available in the town of Middlesex and is located at the town barns at 1240 Mill Street
  • Dumpsters in Branchport will be removed sometime TODAY.


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