Handbook for Flood Assistance
ALL REQUESTS CAN BE MADE BY CALLING THE TRI COUNTY RECOVERY COORDINATION CENTER AT 716-254-1783 OR THE CATTARAUGUS COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AT 716-938-2244
Assistance Available at Old Fire Hall in Gowanda
OLD FIRE HALL (MUNICIPAL BUILDING), BOARD ROOM, MAIN ST., GOWANDA, NY
Canned goods, shelf stable meals, food vouchers, and fresh produce
Bottled water and canned water.
Food for pets, shelter information, and information for dealing with pets in a disaster.
Bleach, face masks, clean up kits and other cleaning materials.
Applications for cash assistance, food stamps, hot water tanks, furnaces and other white goods. Requests for volunteer assistance with clean up and debris removal also accepted here.
Information on contamination health risks (i.e. water, black mold, sewage, dust, mosquitoes, etc. and tetanus shots).
The New York State Insurance Department will have their mobile Command Center on site from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until further notice to assist residents with insurance questions and issues. Their toll free number is 1-800-339-1759.
On August 28, 2009, the NY State Insurance Mobile Support is no longer in Gowanda and has moved to Silver Creek. If you need insurance help and support please call the NYS Insurance Department's Disaster Hotline 1-800-339-1759 from 9AM-5PMor visit www.ins.state.ny.us
Homeowners' policies do not usually cover damage from floods, but such coverage is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. Owners of damaged vehicles whose automobile insurance policies contain comprehensive coverage, also known as "other than collision," are covered for flood damages.
Per the NYS Insurance Dept. Press Release "INSURANCE DEPARTMENT EXPANDING ITS ON-SITE DISASTER RECOVERY ASSISTANCE IN SOUTHERN TIER"
Available Assistance at the New Fire Hall
NEW FIRE HALL, ALDRICH ST., GOWANDA, NY
If you want to volunteer, you may report here. If you need a volunteer for clean up, you may come here.
If you wish to make a donation please call 716-254-1783.
Prepared Meals are available at this location
ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND NEEDS
STORM-DAMAGED GOODS – These may be disposed of for free during regular hours at transfer stations from August 21 through September 4, 2009. See attached transfer station locations and hours.
COMPOSTABLE ITEMS – Tree branches, brush, leaves, wood, etc. can be taken to either Five Points or Farwell, or Thatcher Brook. Their information is also included on the attached list.
MUD CLEAN UP/REMOVAL – Beginning, August 27, Mud can be dropped off at the Palmer Street disposal. (Old Reservoir Site)
HAZARDOUS WASTE – Collection Station at Cattaraugus County DPW on Jack Ellis Drive in Little Valley is scheduled for October 3, 2009. You must register first by calling 716-938-2486 by no later than September 24, 2009.
REGULAR/SMALL TRASH – Two pickups will be conducted, one on 8/25 and one on 8/28. This will be the final pick up by the Village of Gowanda before normal service is resumed.
Cattaraugus County Business Development Corporation: 716-938-9531
New York Small Business Development Center at JCC: 716-338-1024 to set up appointments at their office or at your place of business.
Governor Patterson has requested the President to authorize a Federal Disaster Declaration for Cattaraugus County. No contact numbers or procedures have been identified as of this notice.
Cattaraugus County has worked to address any needs identified by the residents of Cattaraugus County during the ongoing recovery process as a result of flooding on August 10, 2009. If you do not find the information you need in this Handbook, please do not hesitate to contact any of the agencies listed below or log on to www.cattco.org.
AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION:
- Cattaraugus County Emergency Operations Center: 716-938-2244
- Cattaraugus County Department of Aging: 1-800-462-2901; 716-373-8032
- Cattaraugus County Department of Health: 716-373-8050
- Cattaraugus County Department of Community Services (Mental Health): 716-373-8040
- Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services: 716-373-8065
- Community Action: 716-945-1041
- Catholic Charities: 716-372-0101 (Olean); 716-945-0619 (Salamanca)
- American Red Cross: 716-372-5800
- Salvation Army: 716-372-6740 (Olean); 716-945-1540 (Salamanca)
- National Grid - Customer Service: 1-800-642-4272