Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

$10m in funding available for municipal flood recovery

$10m in funding available for municipal flood recovery

Monday morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $10 million will be available to municipalities along the shoreline that are in need of help to fix roads, sidewalks, sewers, flood walls and other infrastructure damaged by Lake Ontario's higher-than-normal water levels.

"Lawrence River continue to slowly rise, we must do everything in our power to ease the financial and personal toll on our families and communities, while fortifying our infrastructure to ensure its continued viability", Cuomo said.

In response to the massive property damage caused by flooding across the Lake Ontario shoreline, Assemblyman Steve Hawley (R, C, I-Batavia) will be sponsoring legislation in the Assembly that will allow municipalities to reevaluate and reduce a resident's tax burden if their property was damaged due to erosion and/or flooding.

Since April, more than 1.2 million sandbags have been deployed using 11 sandbagging machines. He told WBFO there are multiple spots of concern within his district, the greater problems exist in Orleans County and to the east. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has deployed field teams to provide assistance and coordinate with local emergency management personnel.

"Our communities on Lake Ontario are working hard to fight off flood damage to roads, flood walls and the public water infrastructure in several locations along the lakefront spanning from Jefferson County to Niagara", Lieutenant Governor Hochul said.

These mobile units are staffed by state employees from the department of financial services and provide assistance to residents filing claims, and applying for grants. Those who cannot visit the centers can call the Department of Financial Service's Disaster Hotline at 1-800-339-1759. 1691 Lockport-Olcott Road. One such center was scheduled to be hosted at the Olcott Fire Company in the Town of Newfane on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. In certain circumstances, the DEC will provide permits on-site.

Meantime, Senator Ortt has sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo urging him to request the assistance of FEMA to deliver relief to Lake Ontario property owners.

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