Another $15 million in aid following Lake Ontario flooding

Frustrated property owners awaiting relief funds

January 25, 2018 - 10:07 pm

Albany, N.Y. (WBEN) - The devastating flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline remains a major topic across several New York counties as thousands of property owners are awaiting emergency relief funds stemming from the summer's high water damage.  3,400 property owners have filed for flood relief funds and many are voicing frustration at delays in obtaining the funds.

In response to the frustration and continued wait for relief funds, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued the following statement Thursday:

"The months-long flooding that occurred along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline did tremendous damage to local communities, and the impacts of this severe weather continue to be felt across the region. To ensure all New Yorkers have the resources they need to recover and get back on their feet, I am doubling the available funding to homeowners and increasing the State's commitment from $15 million to $30 million. Additionally, I previously advanced $5 million in funding that was finally approved by the legislature this week—bringing our total commitment to $50 million. I will continue to work with the legislature to secure additional funding for this important program and help the families along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shoreline build back stronger and smarter than ever before."

Of the 3,400 property owners who have filed for relief funds, about 500 have receied payment to date, according to a report by WHEC TV in Rochester.

Additional information for property owners impacted by the flooding and looking for answers on relief funds can be found here.

AUDIO:  Lt. Gov. kathy Hochul



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