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Cuomo says state will aid Lockport flood victims

Chris Caya/WBFO News

Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging victims of last month's floods to apply for New York's Flood Recovery Program.

In Lockport Tuesday, Cuomo told dozens of residents in City Hall he had good news and bad news about the June 28 disaster. He said the bad news is that the flooding caused a lot of hardship and suffering. 

"The good news is, the federal government may have said 'no' to reimbursing individual homeowners, but the people of the State of New York said 'yes,'" Cuomo says.

About 500 homes and 100 businesses were damaged by the heavy rains.

Under the program, homeowners may be eligible for nearly $32,000 in assistance.  Small business owners and farmers could qualify for up to $50,000. 

Cuomo says with the state aid, Lockport will rebuild better than before.