People in Clinton and Warren counties will now be eligible for federal assistance with damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
The federal disaster declaration declaration issued Wednesday originally designated 11 counties, including Essex, as being eligible for the Individual Assistance program. It was amended Friday to include eight more counties.
Clinton, Warren and Essex counties had all already been declared eligible for aid to repair damaged infrastructure.
Sen. Charles Schumer
(Enterprise file photo)
Sunday's storm led to widespread power outages and caused the AuSable River to flood, leading to major damage in the towns of Keene, Jay, Black Brook and North Elba.
A number of political figures, including both of the area's congressmen and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have visited the area since the flooding. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer plans to visit Sunday.
Schumer plans to tour Keeseville with deputy Mayor John Casey from 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and tour AuSable Forks with Black Brook Supervisor Ricky Nolan and Jay Supervisor Randy Douglas from 3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.