North Tonawanda Mayor Robert G. Ortt is advising residents and businesses that suffered property damage from the severe thunderstorm last Friday to contact their insurance provider to make a claim.
"Even if the claim is denied, residents will need a claim number to initiate the next step in the assistance process, should we get to that point. I have requested emergency assistance from Gov. Cuomo's office due to the number of residents who sustained significant property damage as a result of the thunderstorm this past Friday," Ortt said.
In addition, all residents and businesses are invited to speak with and provide information to members of the state's damage assessment team. State officials from the Department of Financial Services Insurance Division have set up a mobile command center at Niagara Falls City Hall, located at 745 Main St. The command unit is located in the parking lot and will be open today until 6 p.m.
"This mobile unit from the state is here to service any resident or business affected by this recent storm," Ortt said. "It is not only for Niagara Falls residents, and I was upset that more people outside the City of Niagara Falls, who were affected by this storm, were not made aware that these folks from the state would be available. I would like to thank Gov. Cuomo for making them available and for recognizing the seriousness of this most recent weather event."
Ortt reminds residents that the City of North Tonawanda will pick up any bulk items that were damaged as a result of the thunderstorm. In addition, any tree branches, or brush related to storm damage can be placed at the curb. The DPW will make runs throughout the city to pickup this material.