Homeowners in Berkshire County may be eligible for disaster aid to help repair flood-damaged wells and septic systems, state and federal officials say.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants can help pay to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs or replace the system as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the home also may be repaired or decontaminated.
"We don't want anyone living in a house with contaminated water or raw sewage," said Federal Coordinating Officer James Russo in a statement. "Applicants for state and federal disaster assistance should let FEMA know they have a private well and septic system."
Home-repair grants are designed to restore the home to a safe, secure and functional condition. Grants are not intended to restore a home to pre-disaster condition and cannot be used for cosmetic repairs or repairs covered by insurance.