FEMA Declares Disaster for Lake Ontario Flooding

Affected residents now have access to FEMA help

Tom Puckett
November 14, 2017 - 1:21 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Congressman Chris Collins' office announces FEMA has issued a disaster declaration for the Lake Ontario shoreline, which has been hit by flooding.

“We have witnessed awful devastation along the shoreline and have stayed persistent in our fight to secure federal assistance,” says Collins. “My constituents desperately need this support and I thank the Trump Administration for its commitment to Western New York.” Collins blames the Plan 2014 that left the south shore of Lake Ontario in danger of historic erosion. 

The declaration means federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the counties of Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne. Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

“Today’s news means that those impacted will have access to the wide ranging disaster assistance FEMA can provide, but we will continue working with the Administration to make sure new IJC commissioners will be appointed to put an end to Plan 2014,” added Collins.

“This is great news for Niagara County and it's Lakeshore residents that have sustained serious property damage along our shoreline,” says William Keith McNall, Chairman, Niagara County Legislature. “Niagara County sincerely thanks Congressman Collins for his several trips to view lakeshore conditions and property damage through the last several months.  Niagara County recognizes and appreciates Congressman Collins’ persistent and unending efforts in trying to attain this funding that is so important to lakefront communities, for which Niagara County is very grateful.”

"Congressman Collins has once again proven his ability to serve his constituents to the highest degree by steadfastly pleading our region's case to his colleagues on Capitol Hill.  We greatly appreciate his efforts and recognize we couldn't do it without him,” says John Syracuse, Niagara County Legislator.

"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," says State Senator Robert Ortt.

“FEMA's approval of the disaster declaration for flooding is very welcome news to the residents and businesses that have endured the devastation of the extreme high water levels of Lake Ontario's south shores. I applaud President Trump for his action and Congressman Chris Collins for his tireless advocacy on behalf of these communities. I will continue to work hard fighting for the necessary funding and resources to make our shoreline communities whole,” says Assemblyman Mike Norris.

“Congressman Collins has led our NORA (Niagara Orleans Regional Alliance) fight from day one for our Lakeshores, to Washington, and back through Albany. These monies are desperately needed to offset the horrendous expense incurred by this man-made disaster created by the IJC. We thank you Congressman Collins.” says David E. Godfrey, Niagara County Legislator and Lynne M. Johnson, Orleans County Legislator in a joint statement.

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