If you live in Monroe or Wayne County and had any damage from flooding this year, you now have just hours to file for financial help. The state approved $15 million dollars in funding for homeowners in need and the deadline is Friday, September 29th.
If you had any damage from flooding this year, you now have just hours to file for financial help. The state approved $15 million dollars in funding for homeowners in need and the deadline is Friday, September 29th.
This money will reimburse homeowners in Monroe and Wayne County for flood damage. Many of these homeowners are still waiting for contractors to start repairs or even give estimates. Those workers are too backed up right now. Water levels in Lake Ontario rose to record highs earlier this year.
This happened after the International Joint Commission started Plan 2014 to regulate lake levels, but the commission blamed heavy rain, not their plan. Either way, the floodwaters caused a lot of damage to homes along the lake.
Greece homeowner, Steve Klaassen, on Edgemere Drive applied for benefits, but hasn't heard anything yet and he says that is not his biggest concern.
"Some of the contractors aren't even taking phone calls," Klaassen said. "I have a buddy of mine who has been doing it for years and he's backed up until 2022."
Klaassen says he's worried about next year too.
"People who are having work done they have to worry about next year because it doesn't look like there will be a lot of relief, that's what I'm reading I hope I'm wrong," Klaassen said. "I've been here my entire life, almost 64 years and I've never seen anything like this before so nobody knows what to expect."
Applications are available online and in person at Sheen Housing. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, September 29th. You can submit your application and turn in proof and additional documents later. This is the only state relief program right now for homeowners impacted by flooding.