Orange Co. farmers want FEMA to cover crops lost to Irene

Orange County farmers are still assessing the damage left in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, and are asking for FEMA to cover the thousands of dollars they lost when their crops were flooded out.

During Irene, the Wallkill River flooded 4,000 acres of farmland, affecting 60 farmers who operate farmland off the Pulasky Highway in Goshen. Christopher Pawelski estimated the damage to his farm to be around $400,000, and says he has an additional $200,000 in damages from previous floods that he still has to pay for.

The farmers say they received aid from the USDA, but it hasn't been enough. They want FEMA to provide aid for their crop losses as well.

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) met with the farmers, and said he's pushing for the Agricultural Department to declare Orange County a disaster area, which would open up more aid programs to the farmers.

Sen. Schumer tours storm damage at HV farms

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