Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus will host a team of federal flood officials on Thursday, April 26th to review damage related to recent flooding to determine if Dutchess County will be declared a federal disaster area and therefore be eligible for federal aid.
“We are anxious for these federal flood officials to tour the vast damage which has occurred throughout Dutchess County. It is important Dutchess County be declared a federal disaster area to make us eligible for federal aid. I have seen first hand the devastating loss that so many of our residents have suffered to their homes and to their lives. It isn’t just the physical damage; it’s the emotional impact and disruption to families that has been so evident to me as well. This visit is a critical step to putting Dutchess County on the road to recovery,” stated County Executive Steinhaus.
The County Executive will meet the federal team at the Dutchess County 911 Emergency Response Center in the early morning for a briefing and overview of countywide damage. The county has been accumulating damage information since the storm began. These officials will then be escorted across the county by the county’s Emergency Manager Ken Davidson and other county personnel to view representative damage of public infrastructure such as bridges and highways --- as well as private property including homes and businesses. The County Executive will also join the tour for parts of the field inspection.
This visit is an essential step to determine eligibility for federal declaration that could result in disaster aid. If a declaration is made, federal officials will then return to Dutchess County for more specific claim investigation, review and assistance.
The County Executive also would like to remind residents who have been affected by flood damage that they can help Dutchess County qualify for federal assistance by taking the following steps:
- Do not delay your clean up effort.
- Document all losses with photos and/or video if possible.
- Keep track of all expenses, receipts and other forms of verification of damages.
- Call your insurance company to find out if any damage is covered.
- Contact your local town, village or city municipality and provide them with an estimated amount of damage that is not covered by insurance. Each town, village or city will then provide a total estimate of the municipality’s loss (both public and private.)
Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties have already been declared as disaster areas, making those counties eligible for individual aid from the federal government. “This is a moving process. Now that initial damage assessment in the lower Hudson Valley counties has been completed, the federal team is moving north to Dutchess County to review the damage that our residents have suffered,” said County Executive Steinhaus.