Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are urging FEMA to swiftly review and approve a disaster declaration for central New York and other upstate counties impacted by July's severe flooding.

That includes Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties.

If a disaster declaration is declared, grant assistance would be made available to state and local governments, as well as certain non-profit organizations, to reimburse costs incurred for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities.

Schumer and Gillibrand say FEMA must do all it can to support impacted communities.

“Upstate communities across Central New York, the Capital District, the Finger Lakes and the Mohawk Valley were ravaged by severe thunderstorms and flooding, and it is absolutely crucial that we get them the resources they need to recover,” said Schumer. “I am urging FEMA to review and approve a federal disaster declaration and provide all forms of available aid for impacted municipalities ASAP. This federal disaster assistance is necessary because it will give reassurance to our communities that the federal government will be there to help respond and rebuild.”