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Dinolfo Calls Upon Governor to Ask for 'Major Disaster' Declaration

Dinolfo Calls Upon Governor to Ask for 'Major Disaster' Declaration

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo formally requesting that the Governor ask President Trump for a Federal Declaration of a Major Disaster following the historic flooding damages along Lake Ontario.

“Thank you to Governor Cuomo for the state’s commitment to addressing the critical needs of lakeshore residents affected by flooding, particularly the recent grant relief bill which helped answer our call to help homeowners and businesses rebuild and recoup their losses,” said Dinolfo. “Today I have requested that the State go one step further and take necessary action to call upon the federal government to declare a major disaster. If a major disaster is designated, FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could provide crucial and much-needed support to further assist county residents with their considerable damages. We all recognize the resilience of the families and business owners who have been affected by this flooding and I assure them that we will continue to not only seek compensation but also long-term solutions to prevent future flooding. The declaration of a major disaster would bring additional relief and I ask Governor Cuomo to make the request.”

The letter comes less than two weeks after Dinolfo’s trip to Washington, D.C., in which she met with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives, as well as members of Congress and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During the trip, she fought for financial assistance from the federal government and for better monitoring and management of lake levels in the future.

Currently, daily efforts to battle water damages along Lake Ontario continue and further physical barriers will likely be necessary to rectify the pressing challenge. Lake waters remain at record high levels.

Any requests for a major disaster declaration must be made by the Governor of the affected State. Dinolfo’s letter to Governor Cuomo is attached.