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Storm damage plagues Schenectady County

"We look at this as a continuance of storms that continue to damage property," VanHoesen said.

He said roads are not the only infrastructure damaged by the continuing storms. He said private property, including homes and driveways have been damaged by the forceful storms.

More than 100 connections between driveways and county roads were repaired over the past weeks after they were washed away.

Despite the county's ability to make repairs, he said several homeowners are having difficulty finding money to repair their damaged property because of the lack of federal assistance.

If the state met its damage threshold, county homeowners could apply for individual assistance to make repairs on their homes.

VanHoesen said he knows of at least 40 homes that have sustained damage as a result of the storms. He said it is frustrating to see homeowners who cannot receive assistance for repairs because their insurance does not cover flood damage, and there is no federal assistance available.

With the continuation of storms, VanHoesen said it is possible that the state will meet its damage threshold and receive federal assistance for both individual and public repairs.""

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