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FEMA Should Recover $48 Million of Public Assistance Grant Funds Awarded to Erie County, New York – Severe Weather October 2006 (Revised)

Executive Summary

On October 12–13, 2006, the County experienced a severe lake effect snow and ice storm. The storm was dubbed the “October Storm” and officially referred to by the National Weather Service as “Lake Storm Aphid.” The October Storm dropped up to 2 feet of snow in less than 12 hours, causing tree limbs possessing significant foliage to snap, taking down power lines, and causing considerable damage throughout northern Erie County. The State of New York declared a state of emergency for the counties affected by the storm and requested FEMA aid. On October 24, 2006, President George W. Bush declared a major disaster for Erie and the surrounding counties. The original disaster declaration limited the period to 6 months for the County to incur reimbursable debris removal and cleanup costs. The County, unable to complete the needed work, requested numerous time extensions. The time extensions eventually expired on October 24, 2008, more than 2 years after the original disaster.

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