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August 5, 2013

FEMA funds will elevate Greene homes

Staff report
The Daily Star

---- — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced that $1,334,830 will be provided by FEMA to support the elevation of 13 residential properties in the Chenango County village of Greene that were damaged during Tropical Storm Lee. Funded through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), the properties were deemed eligible due to the continuing risk of future flooding.

“Tropical Storm Lee caused devastating damage in areas of the Southern Tier, including the village of Greene, and unfortunately severe storms are likely to happen again in this region,” Cuomo said. “FEMA recognizes that the village is vulnerable to flooding, and this funding will help affected owners to strengthen their properties against this threat.

“That is exactly what we are continuing to do across the state because experience has taught us that in the face of changing climate, we must build back stronger and smarter than before. Elevating these properties will mitigate loss and damage, ensuring that the community is better prepared for the future.”

After a presidential disaster declaration, FEMA provides HMGP funds for states to administer grant programs that support local hazard mitigation planning and long-term hazard mitigation measures to reduce the loss of life and damage to property from natural disasters.