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Construction crews reinforce a hillside that is slowly migrating downward toward Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake near the intersection of Broadway and Bloomingdale Avenue. Photo: Mark Kurtz
Construction crews reinforce a hillside that is slowly migrating downward toward Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake near the intersection of Broadway and Bloomingdale Avenue. Photo: Mark Kurtz

Shifting hillside threatens Saranac Lake main street

A steep hillside that sits above downtown Saranac Lake has begun to slide toward the village's main street, Broadway.

That's according to an announcement released over the weekend by village mayor Clyde Rabideau.

Rabideau says "years of rain and gravity" have caused the hillside to shift, possibly endangering people and property.

According to the release, a Federal FEMA grant is paying for a project to sink anchors into the slope that will help stabilize it.

Rabideau says a company from Plattsburgh has begun work on the project and are hoping to finish before winter conditions set in.  Go to full article
US Congressman Bill Owens
US Congressman Bill Owens

Federal legislators introduce bill to bring more aid to farmers affected by Irene

US Congressman Bill Owens, with several other New York legislators, has introduced a bill to replenish two federal funds that help farmers rebuild after natural disasters.

The "Post-Irene Emergency Farm Aid Act", is also sponsored by US Representatives Chris Gibson, Maurice Hinche, and Paul Tonko...and Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gilibrand. It calls for 10 million dollars to go to the Farm Service Agency's emergency conservation program, and the Emergency watershed protection program.  Go to full article
It's been a real struggle...but we're delighted they've reversed their decision.

Owens: Fema "finally got it right" in giving Clinton County individual aid

On Friday, FEMA approved individual federal disaster assistance for individuals in several more New York counties--including Clinton county.

Individual aid--now available to people in Clinton and Essex counties-- includes direct payments, disaster unemployment insurance, and loans from the Small Business Association.  Go to full article

US Senators Gillibrand and Schumer say they'll fight "tooth and nail" to get Clinton County individual FEMA aid

The two are calling on the President and FEMA to extend individual aid to people in Clinton County slammed by Tropical Storm Irene.  Go to full article
Downtown Saranac Lake, April 2011. Photo Chris Morris
Downtown Saranac Lake, April 2011. Photo Chris Morris

Good and bad news on federal aid for post-flood rebuilding

Good and bad news this week for those in the North Country who were affected by the historic flooding this spring:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency again denied individual assistance to help recover from losses suffered during historic flooding earlier this year. But farmers, small business owners and many others may be eligible for low-interest loans under a new federal disaster declaration.  Go to full article
A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011
A flooded home in Colton, May, 2011

Even with Colton damage, St. Lawrence County says it's not a disaster area

Just last week, the Federal Government declared 21 New York Counties federal disaster areas, after this spring's flooding. But St. Lawrence county was NOT one of those counties.

Turns out St. Lawrence County wasn't passed over--it hasn't yet applied for aid. County officials aren't confident there's been $336,000 in public infrastructure damage--that's the amount required to qualify for the aid.

Colton has been the most heavily affected community in the county, but most of that damage--about $800,000 in all--was to private homes. Nora Flaherty spoke with Colton Town Supervisor Lawrence Patzwald about where things stand now:  Go to full article
It has the potential for people to be homeless, for people to be without electricity, for people to be without heat.

Local aid groups coping without FEMA

Federal Emergency Management come in when major natural disasters hit, but few people know they provide aid for much less dramatic emergencies through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Earlier this year, however, FEMA told expectant organizations that they don't know when -- or if -- they can expect the money.  Go to full article
Spring storms damaged Northway (Source:  APA)
Spring storms damaged Northway (Source: APA)

State GOP Pushes FEMA Aid for Adirondack Towns

Rainstorms earlier in the summer caused tens of millions of dollars worth of damage in the southern and eastern Adirondacks. Top New York Republicans are stepping up pressure on the Bush Administration to approve disaster relief for affected counties. But as Brian Mann reports, the money could be tied up by relief efforts on the Gulf Coast.  Go to full article

Clinton asks FEMA to Account for Disaster Aid for New York

Senator Hillary Clinton is asking the federal government for a detailed account of money being promised to New York for disaster aid. In a recent letter to the head of FEMA, Clinton wrote that such as accounting is necessary to ensure money is going to areas that need it most. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Federal Aid for North Country Quake Victims

More than two million dollars in federal aid has gone to North Country residents affected by the April earthquake. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

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