The Federal Emergency Management Agency is sending temporary housing units to New York for people displaced by recent flooding.
Sen. Charles Schumer announced yesterday that FEMA will send the units to a federal staging area in Cobleskill. The temporary homes will then be moved to private or commercial properties.
Schumer said many families and seniors were left homeless after flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
"The situation for these displaced individuals is desperate," he said in a prepared statement. "I'm pleased that FEMA is stepping up."
According to Schumer, FEMA housing experts will contact people whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged. Only those who have already registered with FEMA are eligible.
Housing experts will then assess temporary housing needs on a case-by-case basis. Site inspectors will look at each location to ensure it is suitable for a temporary unit.
Meanwhile, more than $1.4 million in disaster aid has been distributed to at least 500 flood victims in Essex County, according to the latest figures from the FEMA.
FEMA representative Panagiotis "Peter" Lembessis told the Enterprise Thursday that statewide, more than 32,000 people have received some $63 million following major flooding in August.
"Those numbers are dynamic, and they're increasing every day," he said.
The deadline to apply for individual assistance is Oct. 31.
"I strongly urge everyone to apply," Lembessis said. "People should not procrastinate."
Lembessis said homeowners who feel they haven't received enough aid to cover damages should file appeals with FEMA. He also said people who had their requests for aid denied can resubmit their applications.
"Denial letters can come through for a lot of reasons," Lembessis said. "They can come through because certain information is missing. All people need to do is call FEMA again."
Lembessis added that a disaster recovery center in Moriah will shut down on Saturday.
"Need is winding down there," he said, noting that another DRC in Jay will remain open.