Delaware County adopts plan to deal with hazard mitigation

The catastrophic impact of flooding in Delaware County has resulted in significant public and private property damage. Delaware County was declared a federal disaster area each year between 2004 and 2007. Each declared event has cost millions of dollars to both public and private infrastructure and has left many residents homeless.
The Delaware County Board of Supervisors has adopted a Multijurisdictional All Hazard Mitigation Plan as a step toward developing remediation programs that will reduce damages from flooding throughout the county. The plan highlights remediation alternatives for flooding as well as other potential disasters. The most effective way to protect people and property is to remove them from harm’s way.
In May of 2008 Senator Bonacic announced a program established through the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal that would provide funding to 11 upstate counties for the purpose of purchasing homes that have been affected by flooding since 2004 and are considered to be in danger of flooding again in the future. The Greater Catskill Remediation Program has established basic criteria for county officials to use to evaluate homes for purchase at fair market value.
At this time the Delaware County Board of Supervisors would like to announce that applications are available for residents to complete and return to the Delaware County Planning Office by October 13, 2008. You can get copies of the application along with the eligibility criteria by calling the County Planning webpage: www.delawarecountyplanning.com.
The program is strictly on a voluntary basis and no property owners will be forced to sell their property against their will. Since this is a grant application process, Delaware County is required to submit detailed information about each participating property for evaluation. Therefore, it is necessary to receive back the completed information as soon as possible.
If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Shelly Johnson at Delaware County Planning 607 746-2944 or shelly.johnson@co.delaware.ny.us.