Oneida (WSYR-TV) - Nearly two months after devastating floods swept through parts of Central New York, some much-needed relief is coming for those who lost everything.
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued $13.6 million in state aid to people affected by the floods.
In Central New York, Herkimer County received $6.6 million, while Oneida and Madison counties received more than $1.6 million each.
Ronda Lanz was among those who lost everything. The road to normalcy hasn’t been an easy one.
“It was the end of June the floodwaters came through and it was like something I’d never seen before and it washed everything away,” the Oneida woman said.
27 years of belongings and mementos were destroyed during the flooding.
She said as difficult as the physical damage was, the emotional toll was far greater.
“Not only are we dealing with the flooding and issues with the house, we are dealing with my husband who has bone cancer and is going through treatments...he's had his operation and now we are on the road to recovery,” Lanz said.
She hopes the check from the Governor will accelerate her journey to get back on track.
“If it wasn't for this check I think we would have to walk away or get a loan and start all over,” she said.
Although he says he knows the floods created havoc for people in the affected counties, Cuomo hopes the experience has helped forge stronger bonds.
“Even though the process was a terrible gut wrenching and tragic situation, we've developed relationships among people - a trust in people - that is going to reap dividends for the community,” the Governor said.
Crews have been working to repair the damaged infrastructure in those communities ever since the floods.
“There's a silver lining because we don't want to just replace what was there but improve it, the structures were old, etcetera, and we'll improve it and that's what we mean building back better,” Cuomo said.
The Governor says that those who did not receive their checks today can expect to receive them in the mail over the next few days.
For homeowners, eligible costs include the repair and/or replacement of damage to roofs, windows, doors, siding, flooring, drywall, insulation, foundations, well and septic systems, electric systems, fuel tanks, heating and water systems, and appliances, as well as remediation of environmental hazards.
Homeowners whose properties were destroyed by these floods were also eligible for a buyout of their damaged property.
For businesses, eligible costs included reimbursement for losses to inventory, equipment, materials, fixtures and furniture; as well as design, construction, rehabilitation or reconstruction of flood damaged structures.
For farms, funding was available to help with farm capital repair and replacement needs.