The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced last week that 14 counties, including Niagara, Allegany and Cattaraugus, will be eligible for disaster assistance because of damage caused by severe storms and flooding from Aug. 29 to Sept. 16.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., said, however, that more counties should be made eligible for the relief. She said she has appealed to President Bush to declare all affected counties a federal disaster area so they can be eligible for aid.
"The severity of the storms and flooding in August and September had a devastating effect on so many communities in upstate New York," Clinton said in a statement. "FEMA's assistance is critical to ensuring that every affected county gets back on its feet, and I am pleased that they have made this declaration. However, we must provide the necessary federal assistance to everyone who needs it."