The Save-A-Lot grocery store has been a symbol for the Town of Fort Plain. Damaged by floods this summer, it reopened recently. And now, it's the first business to get new financial help from National Grid. YNN's Maria Valvanis has the details.
FORT PLAIN, N.Y. -- Shortly after this summer's flooding, National Grid implemented a $2 million grant program. On Tuesday, the owner one of the village's most damaged businesses was the first to receive some of that funding.
Save-A-Lot owner John Hart received $50,000 to help offset the $800,000 worth of damage to his grocery store. It is all part of National Grid's Mohawk Valley Flood Recovery Grant program.
Save-A-Lot was closed for nearly three months after the flood. Hart said he is thankful for the support from the community and companies such as National Grid.
"It's great I certainly needed it. I'll certainly put it to good use that's for sure, our manager and I were talking this morning about what bills were going to pay first," said Hart.
"Been in business 100 years and up until a couple years ago, never needed an emergency program but now with Sandy, Irene and latest storm, this is third time we've used it in the hundred years," noted Ken Daly, National Grid New York State President.
National Grid also presented thank you plaques to the Fort Plain Volunteer Fire Department for their help getting electric crews to the company's 275 customers immediately after the flood.
Three other village businesses were granted a total of $67,000. If you are interested in applying for the grant, head to www.nationalgrid.com.