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Federal flood aid programs explained September 16

Representatives of three federal agencies will be on hand Friday, Sept. 16 to explain programs designed to help businesses and individuals recover from natural disasters like the flood that caused so much devastation in the Catskills August 28.

A panel made up of a senior official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with those from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will deliver information targeted towards small businesses at 4 p.m. A second presentation for individuals and property owners will be held at 7 p.m.

Both will take place at the Middletown Town Hall, Route 28, between  Margaretville and Arkville.

They will explain the many programs offered by the federal government to help pay for physical damages, lost work time, temporary housing costs, replacement of household items and other flood-related expenses. Low-interest loans for small businesses, farms and non-profit organizations are also available.

Those who cannot attend Friday’s free sessions are reminded that information on these programs is available at the Flood Recovery Center at Belleayre Mountain’s lower lodge in Highmount. Other agencies stationed there include the NYS Department of Labor and NYS Motor Vehicles. Stress management counseling, mental health services and assistance from the Red Cross are also available there.

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