For people in Sullivan County, this severe weather comes at a cost. Officials said the price tag to repair the damage from last week's flooding alone will cost them millions. Reporter Jessica Chen has the details.
SULLIVAN COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was a storm that took its toll on Sullivan County. And a week since heavy rain and flash flooding hit, officials are now gripping with its cost.
"It wasn't something we had planned for and it will definitely affect our budget," said Ed McAndrew, the commissioner of Sullivan County's Department of Public Works.
The state Office of Emergency Management toured the devastated areas and estimated repairs would cost $2.8 million, ahead of Tuesday night's storm.
"That could go up as we uncover some bridges, which water hasn't completely receded so we will see how much more damage occurred under those," said McAndrew.
He said the county itself will likely have to fork over $1.8 million to cover its own cost. And its money that will come out of the general fund.
McAndrew said he's hoping the federal government will help cover the cost of the damage, but he said that'll only happen if FEMA declares the storm a natural disaster, and at this point, it's unclear if that will happen.
"There has to be $26 million worth of damage related to storm in New York state for the federal government to say it amounts to a declaration," said McAndrew.
Officials said most of the damage was in the Town of Callicoon, the Town of Delaware and the Town of Bethel Woods. The damage may grow after Tuesday night's storm.
"It exceeds a lot of our budgetary constraints right now, so we’re waiting to see if we can get a FEMA declaration," said McAndrew.