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Flash-flooding caused damage in Niagara Falls. (Photo by Mark Williams Jr.)
Flash-flooding caused damage in Niagara Falls. (Photo by Mark Williams Jr.)

Ortt, Morinello & Norris request emergency flooding assistance


Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:15 pm

Send letter to Cuomo and NY SEMO seeking disaster assistance

On Thursday, New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt and Assembly members Angelo Morinello and Mike Norris sent a letter requesting immediate coordination between the New York State Office of Emergency Management (SEMO), the cities of Lockport and Niagara Falls, and Niagara County, regarding flash flooding that occurred July 20. Severe rainstorms caused a significant amount of damage throughout those areas.

“The torrential rainstorms that passed through our region earlier this week have had a devastating impact on local infrastructure, residents and businesses,” Ortt said. “While our emergency services and first-responders did a magnificent job with initial emergency efforts, there will be larger and longer-lasting infrastructure issues that must be attended to. I am requesting immediate coordination from the state’s Office of Emergency Management to assist our local governments, and my office stands at the ready to help in any capacity we can.”

Morinello said, “I am joining my colleagues to bring attention to the devastating flooding that occurred earlier this week for the residents and municipalities of Niagara County. Thus far, we have had swift and responsive communication with local departments and first-responders in the immediate aftermath of this week’s storms. I look forward to continuing my work with our state agencies to provide further assistance to our residents as the full extent of the disaster is uncovered in the coming days.”

Norris said, “It is critical for the residents, businesses, farmers and municipalities of Lockport and Niagara County to receive immediate emergency financial resources who suffered devastating losses due to the damaging flooding this past week. That’s why I am working together with my fellow colleagues to urge that an immediate state emergency declaration be issued and for federal and state agencies to act quickly to assist Niagara County in this time of need.”

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