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Herkimer Housing Authority gets flood grant money for renovations

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Herkimer Housing Authority gets flood grant money for renovations
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HERKIMER COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was a phone call Richard Dowe of the Herkimer Housing Authority never expected. An employee telling him, the basement and parking lot of one of their apartment complexes was filled with water, mud and debris.

"It took us about 3 to 4 days to dry everything out," Dowe said.

None of the apartments were effected, but the offices, community and maintenance rooms had to be gutted, paper documents were destroyed and everything had to be replaced.

The flood caused between $750,000 and $800,000 worth of damage, and housing authority leaders said their flood insurance only covered a fraction of the costs.

"We only had about $200,000 in flood insurance and so we had to use our own funds to pay for the balance of the restoration and hopefully now FEMA will come back and reimburse us," said Dowe.

But that's not the only aid they're receiving. National Grid also stepped up to the plate. Through their Emergency Economic Development program, up to $2 million in aid is being made available to applicants effected by the Mohawk Valley flood.

On Monday, they awarded the Herkimer Housing Authority a $50,000 grant.

"This is something over the last few events... our company has reached out to our constituents and businesses to help them rebuild to become a stronger community," said John Fiume, manager of National Grid's Community and Customer Management

The housing authority has since finished all their renovations and say their facility is now better than ever.

So far, 24 applicants have been awarded grants from National Grid, totaling more than $664,000.

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