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Cuomo asks for FEMA assistance for Lake Ontario flooding

Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the federal government to declare a disaster area for home and business owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline that have been hit by flooding in recent months.

In a letter dated July 6 but not made public until Saturday, Cuomo wrote, "I am requesting an expedited major disaster declaration" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the eight lakeside counties impacted by higher water levels.

It’s unclear if FEMA and federal officials have responded to the governor’s request. "I certify that state and local government obligations and expenditures for this disaster request will comply with all applicable cost sharing requirements set forth in the Stafford Act," Cuomo wrote.

Cuomo wrote that these communities are dealing with "severe flooding that has resulted in the destruction of breakwaters and bulkheads, erosion of protective shoreline, inundation of wastewater treatment infrastructure, roads, and other critical infrastructure, and damage to homes and small businesses."

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