UPDATED 2:00 p.m. – President Donald Trump has officially declared a major federal disaster for communities affected by flooding along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines this spring and summer. Under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Public Assistance, the state, local and tribal governments, and specific non-profits will be eligible for more funding.

The federal share is no less than 75 percent of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration. The remaining expenses are split between non-federal sources, including the state and local governments.

A request for the grants must be filed within the next 30 days. Funding can be used for a variety of projects including repairs and restoration to utilities, irrigation, and various shared community facilities.

The counties designated for public assistance are Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne. Monroe County, where the town of Greece endured significant damage, was not named in the declaration. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter’s office, D-NY-25, said it’s working to get answers as to why.

Congressman Chris Collins, R-NY-27, said that county remains under review and he will continue to work toward a resolution. He said he’s been working closely with the Trump administration to make sure the declaration was a priority among other disasters across the country.

“We have witnessed awful devastation along the shoreline and have stayed persistent in our fight to secure federal assistance,” Collins said. “My constituents desperately need this support and I thank the Trump Administration for its commitment to Western New York.”

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said he was lad FEMA approved the aid and vowed to continue pushing for Monroe County and Cayuga County as well.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, requested the assistance in July. Around the same time, he also signed legislation providing $45 million to the flood damaged communities. Elected leaders have voiced concerns over that state funding running out and in October, Cuomo floated the idea of a special session to approve more.

Federal money is also available statewide to take steps to mitigate future flooding damages. FEMA can fund up to 75 percent per project with the total amount based on a sliding scale of the estimated grants for individual assistance.

“I know I speak for lake-shore residents, small businesses, and local governments when I thank Congressman Collins for his hard work to ensure New York gets the federal resources it desperately needs for flood recovery. As lake levels recede, we’re still fully assessing the damage. FEMA aid will be a critical step as we help devastated home and business owners and as we rebuild our communities,” state Senator Rob Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, said.

The White House left open the possibility of future designations if the state requests them and they are deemed warranted. FEMA also named Seamus Leary as the coordinating officer for recovery operations.