Flood Relief Coming for Lake Ontario Shoreline

$2.9 million announced by Cuomo's office

Tom Puckett
April 16, 2018 - 4:50 pm

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Albany, NY (WBEN) $2.9 million will be going to communities along the Lake Ontario shoreline following last year's flooding. Gov. Cuomo's office announced the funding Monday.

"The Lake Ontario shoreline experienced historic and damaging flooding last year, and we continue to stand with New Yorkers whose communities are still recovering," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding supports our mission to build back stronger and smarter and help every impacted town and resident get back on their feet."

Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "Having walked through flooded communities seeing the destruction firsthand, I know the devastating impact the Lake Ontario flooding had on people in the area. This investment continues our commitment for local governments to build resiliency and invest in critically important infrastructure improvements for the future."

Following last year's flooding of both Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway, which damaged homes, businesses, and local infrastructure, Governor Cuomo and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services coordinated with county and local partners to monitor water levels and deliver resources, including millions of sandbags and the construction of thousands of feet of temporary dams. Governor Cuomo has also directed state agencies to begin implementing proactive measures to assist residents, business owners, and local governments in the event of flooding this year on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Just last month, with water in the lake still high, the Governor issued a letter to the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission requesting that the entity maximize outflows from the Lake Ontario system to reduce the flooding risk for New Yorkers living and working along the shoreline.

The window for applications for the recovery program has closed. The deadline for homeowner applications for assistance in relief and recovery was September 29, 2017. The deadline for municipality applications was December 29, 2017 and the deadline for small businesses was December 31, 2017. Homeowners wishing to appeal a determination regarding eligibility should email [email protected].

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