Governor Deval Patrick, touring some of the areas hardest hit by tropical storm Irene. In addition to an aerial tour of Franklin County, the Governor personally made stops in Greenfield and Deerfield, surveying flood damage first-hand.
“The response was as good as it could be, and then some.” The Governor said to reporters in Greenfield Monday morning. “People’s lives have been disrupted. We’re going to try to get them back to normal as fast as we can.”
Governor Patrick says he’s impressed with the efficiency and cohesiveness of different emergency agencies (both state and federal) working together. He says the state is working closely with FEMA officials. Once flood waters subside, estimates can be made on damages, and put into applications for more federal assistance.
Many residents in Franklin County, without flood insurance, will need help from the government. Community leaders tell ABC40, Franklin County farmers suffered 3 million dollars worth of crop damage.