Obama Declares Disaster in Flood-Damaged Upstate NY

WASHINGTON (AP) -

Twelve upstate New York counties that were badly damaged by recent severe storms and flooding will receive federal disaster aid, President Barack Obama said Friday.

Obama declared a major disaster in the counties and ordered the aid, which will be used to supplement state and local efforts to repair damage done by flooding that occurred between June 28 and July 4.

Severe flooding damaged houses, closed roads and forced people to flee their homes. There was 2 to 3 feet of water on some streets in the village of Herkimer, and emergency crews rescued at least three people from their flooded homes.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he requested the federal aid after preliminary damage assessments by state and local authorities showed there was more than $32.7 million in damage to public infrastructure as a result of the storms and flooding in the region.