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$1 million awarded to flood victims

The federal government has approved more than $1 million in disaster relief for residents of Erie, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties affected by the Aug. 9-10 storms and flooding.

State and federal emergency officials said the figure represents the total amount awarded as of the end of business Tuesday to people in those areas.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said 385 residents in the three counties hit hard by flooding last month had registered to receive disaster assistance.

Residents and small-business owners have until Nov. 4 to register for FEMA aid, Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Wednesday.

People seeking low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration face a deadline of Nov. 3 or June 4, depending on the type of loan.

FEMA assistance includes temporary housing and money for repairs and reconstruction. The maximum amount is $30,300 per household for damage not covered by insurance, the senator's office said.

Also Wednesday, the Internal Revenue Service said residents of the three flood-ravaged counties may qualify to have certain filing deadlines extended and some penalties waived.

To seek tax relief, affected taxpayers should call (866) 562-5227.

The state's Emergency Management Office and FEMA have opened two mobile disaster-recovery centers, at Mount Carmel School, 135 Central Ave., Silver Creek, and the Cattaraugus County Center, 303 Court St., Little Valley. A third center will be located on the Cattaraugus Reservation.

The centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


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