Lake Ontario flood aid finally extended to Cayuga, Monroe counties

Two counties affected by flooding along Lake Ontario will receive help from the federal government after all.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency amended its major disaster declaration to include Cayuga and Monroe counties. The counties will be eligible to receive public assistance for emergency work and repairing facilities damaged by flooding.

President Donald Trump initially approved the disaster declaration in November for six other New York counties along the lake. But Cayuga and Monroe counties were omitted from the declaration.

Cayuga County was excluded due to a technicality. FEMA said the county didn’t meet the threshold required to receive federal assistance, but that may have been due to a clerical error. Local and state officials said damage to Fair Haven Beach State Park, which is located within Cayuga County, wasn’t included.

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