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Additional Relief Available for Flood Victims

Up to $2,500 available per household

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala announced today that applications are now available for flood victims seeking additional financial assistance with their recovery efforts.

Broome County was awarded $250,000 by the Governor’s Office of Small Cities to provide limited assistance to households displaced by the June 28, 2006 flooding. These funds may only be used to fill the gap between actual, immediate housing needs and other disaster related funding from FEMA, New York State, the Red Cross, or private insurance.

The grant money comes with strict income eligibility guidelines. Information about the grant money, the application process and the income guidelines can be viewed at www.southerntierredcross.org.

“Broome County is working diligently to make sure that we go after every dollar we can to assist our local flood victims to help make their recovery a little easier,” said Executive Fiala. “I would like to recognize our Planning Department for its work in securing this grant. I would also like to thank the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross for assisting us in reaching out to flood victims to make sure they are aware of the extra help and for processing the applications.”

The application can be downloaded from www.southerntierredcross.org and also from www.goBroomeCounty.com under “Flood Information” on the home page. Applications should be returned to:

American Red Cross
Southern Tier Chapter
620 East Main St.
Endicott, NY 13760

If individuals prefer to meet with a representative of the American Red Cross, they can set up an appointment by calling their office at 607.785.7207 and ask for Sharon or Jason.

Even though there are strict income guidelines, all flood victims are encouraged to apply in case additional funds are made available in the future. The deadline for applications is Wednesday November 22, 2006.