About two months after flooding ravaged the Mohawk Valley, some of those who suffered losses are getting new help from the state. YNN's Bill Carey says Governor Andrew Cuomo toured the area once again, this time carrying aid to help homeowners and businesses rebuild.
MADISON COUNTY, N.Y. -- Late June and early July. In places like the City of Oneida, the rain came and never seemed to go away. With it, came the floods.
"We've gotten water down here before, in the past, but not water like that," Ronda Lanz said.
Ronda and Terrie Lanz already had their share of challenges. Terrie has been fighting cancer. Then came the flood.
Looking at the exterior of this home, it may be difficult to judge just how severe the damage was, but when the floods came, the waters topped that front porch, up to the sill of that picture window.
Ronda Lanz said, "We got new wiring, so that's a start."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, surveyed damage in places like Oneida. While the losses for local governments added up to enough money to win federal reimbursement, the damage for private homeowners and businesses did not qualify.
"People need help, just as much as the city does. You know. We all need help. We're all in the same situation and that was kind of mind blowing, I guess," Ronda Lanz said.
"It was bad. I mean, that area in the flats, especially. Really, really devastating," Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Cuomo was back in Oneida, a frequent stop during the flooding. This time he brought good news, making good on a promise of state aid to make up for FEMA's decision not to help.
"We don't fit the federal formula and the federal government's not going to reimburse, then we'll take care of our own. That's what the people of New York said," Cuomo said.
Ronda Lanz was there, among the 1,200 people about to receive checks from Albany. Checks totaling more than $13 million.
Ronda Lanz said, "They came on the 2nd and looked at our house and then I received my check today."
"We took the same rules and regulations the federal government would have taken, had they funded it. So it's the same limits, the same eligible applicants," Cuomo said.
The work has begun at Ronda and Terrie's house. The goal, after months of boarding with others, is to finally get back home.
Ronda Lanz said, "I'm hoping. The sooner the better. Still a lot of work to be done. I'm hoping to be back in before the holidays. Maybe Thanksgiving, Christmas. Maybe it would be a good Christmas present."
Good news after so many challenges.
The Governor's stops on Thursday also included Herkimer and Lockport. A dozen New York counties suffered damage in the flooding, triggered by rains that began in late June and ended on the 4th of July.