Final appeal from Schoharie County being reviewed by FEMA

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Updated: 4/02 3:52 pm

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. – The Schoharie County Flood Recovery Coordinator is making one last plea to FEMA officials in hopes to keep emergency services and public safety agencies out of the flood plain.

Rushing water during Hurricane Irene outside the Schoharie County Public Safety Building damaged the county facility, leaving it under nine feet of flood water. FEMA has agreed to give the more than $14 million needed to repair it, but safety officials and Flood Recovery Coordinator William Cherry say that won't work.

Cherry said it needs to be relocated out of the flood plain, but FEMA has denied that request. The county appealed and now it's up to officials at the highest level of FEMA to make a final decision.

"What I'm hoping is that the FEMA officials in Region two covering the Albany upstate area will see this and will honestly change their mind. Please pick up the phone call your colleague that's dealing with our final appeal in Washington D.C. and say you know what up here in Region two we thought about it we looked at it again we think Schoharie County's right," said Cherry.

Coming up at NEWS10 ABC at 5 p.m., we will have a full report with the letter from FEMA explaining why the county was first denied.

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