Report Highlights Impact Of 2014 Flooding

The Post-Journal: Between 2011 and 2021, Chautauqua County experienced four weather disasters resulting in the disbursement of more than $2.2 million in federal recovery funds.

The most assistance, $818,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance program, was received following a spring 2014 flood. That same flood impacted Cattaraugus County on a much wider scale, resulting in more than $10.3 million in federal assistance.

Information on federally declared disasters has been compiled into a report released recently by Rebuild by Design, a nonprofit that researches ways to prepare for and adapt to climate change. It was started by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the catastrophic storm that slammed into the eastern U.S. just over 10 years ago, causing $62.5 billion in damage. Read More >>