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National Grid to Announce Emergency Economic Development Program for Commercial Customers Hit Hardest by Flooding

HERKIMER -- As communities across the Mohawk Valley continue to recover from the recent floods, National Grid is launching a support program that could bring $2 million in economic development aid to businesses in the hardest hit areas.

"When we saw the devastation caused by the flooding in the Mohawk Valley and completed the electric and gas restoration, we knew that much more was needed to reconnect the equipment of the impacted customers," says Ken Daly, National Grid President, New York State. "We will be part of the long-term recovery efforts in the region, and help rebuild these communities just as we did after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy."

National Grid's Emergency Economic Development Program is designed to provide assistance to communities and businesses who need short-term support.

Program funding is available within the entire designated disaster area in National Grid's service area in the Mohawk Valley, but it is targeted to those customers, businesses, and communities most impacted by flooding.

According to National Grid the Business Program will:
-Provide emergency grants of up to $50,000 to commercial, industrial and agribusiness customers in the most heavily impacted areas, to help offset the costs of reconstructing building and restoring business activity
-Program funds can be used for energy infrastructure repair and/or replacement, construction, renovation and rehabilitation of eligible buildings
-Customer applications must be reviewed and endorsed by a state, regional or local economic agency that is familiar with both the customer's application and National Grid's program requirements
-National Grid's proposal aims to fill financial gaps remaining after federal and/or state programs, insurance and other emergency sources of dollars have been utilized

Communities and businesses in eligible counties can get more detailed information on the application process and apply for funding by clicking here.

National Grid contact information:
-All gas emergencies or odor of gas present: 1-800-892-2345
-To report electric outages or downed wires: 1-800-867-5222
-General questions about safety and service: 1-800-642-4272

You can also follow National Grid on Twitter @nationalgridus, or find them on Facebook by clicking here.