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Tropical Storm Irene put a $1 billion whipping on New York, most of it upstate where heavy rains spawned flash floods that shredded roads, washed out bridges and knocked buildings from their foundations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
New York will receive more than $93 million in aid for communities hard hit by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
The money comes from $400 million in disaster relief block grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development recently approved by Congress.
The Cuomo administration says Friday that New York's $93 million in funds is more than any other state.
The money will go toward infrastructure repairs, housing, and economic revitalization in counties that were declared disaster areas last year.
New York had disaster declarations issued in 48 counties last year.
"We will do all we can to expedite these funds and make sure they go directly to those who need them the most," Cuomo said.