WASHINGTON - Senator Charles Schumer is asking the head of FEMA to reverse a judgment calling for relocating the Schoharie Sheriff’s Office instead of having it replaced.
The building was damaged by nine feet of water during Hurricane Irene. Congress told FEMA the office needs to be relocated, but FEMA said it will only give 14 million to repair the existing facility because it’s not destroyed.
Schumer said it is unreasonable to keep the building in an area that is naturally subject to flooding.
“They say we’ll give you money if you build the jail back in the flood plain which of course could flood again, but we won’t give you money if you build the jail a mile up the road on higher ground, so there never will be a flood, and that just makes no sense.”
Schoharie County is appealing FEMA’s decision. The agency holds the right to relocate the facility as they have done so for in a variety of cases in the past.