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Touring storm damage in Schoharie
SCHOHARIE -- "Our challenge has been artificial deadlines with funding," said Assemblyman Pete Lopez.
Lopez covers 7 counties, 6 were hit hard during Irene and Lee.
"We estimated $45 million in lost tax base," said Lopez.
A lot of money for a county of 32 thousand residents. Mayor of Esperence Steve Miller, told me his small town of 350 people got even smaller after Irene.
"We lost 15 people," said Miller. In the wake there are 7 condemned homes costing about 30 thousand each to demolish, money they don't have.
"Our office is administering over 50 million dollars worth of flood recovery projects and it won't even get us back to the new normal," said Alicia Terry, the County Planning Supervisor.
According to Terry there is an additional $14 million in unmet needs throughout the county. Susan Mcgiver owns a third generation company in Schoharie, which was flooded in '96 and 2011. She recieved little help from the government and this local employer had to pay out of pocket.
"When you have a business that is filled with people oyu consider family, and it is a family busniess of three generations there isn't much you wouldn't do to keep it going," said Mcgiver.
Town of Schoharie Supervisor Gene Mailone says there is another set of problems.
"A lot of the businesses have come back, but with the ones that have come back some have already failed," said Mailone.