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May 18, 2013

Flood victims face long process

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Being forced from her home and unable to return because of excessive mold “was less reason she had to live. She knew she wasn’t going to be back in her home,” he said. 

MAN-MADE DISASTER

Neighbor Ronald Benware sympathized, saying, everyone knew “Vivian always wanted to die at home, and it’s sad she didn’t.

“But nothing’s going to change,” he said, noting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State Department of Environmental Conservation say it would cost $7 million to dredge the river, but the problem of silt deposits would eventually return.

“I love the area, and the neighbors are the best, but if (the Corps and DEC) are not dredging, we’ve got to go,” said Benware, who operates a senior-housing unit at 377 Lower Park. 

“This is a man-made disaster that’s played out over many years.”

TOWN GETS FINAL SAY

Town Supervisor Howard Maneely said four families have already said they would be submitting a letter of intent to the town, which is the first step to pursue mitigation through the Emergency Services Office.

“But even if we only got one, we’d pursue it,” he said.

The supervisor said he will hand-deliver a thick packet of information he received from the state to each homeowner, outlining the information that must be submitted to participate.     

The town gathers that information and submits an application on homeowners’ behalf.

The Town Council would have the final say to see if mitigation for so few properties would be worth the effort or not.

“I believe the Town Council will back this 100 percent, but I will ask them Wednesday night,” when the regular monthly meeting is held at 6 p.m. 

LENGTHY PROCESS

The state can take up to a year to go over an application before it is submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

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