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Lake Ontario Flooding: Army Corps of Engineers At The Ready

State Sends Mobile Units To Help Residents With Claims

May 11, 2017 - 6:07 am
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has four-person field teams ready to respond to the high water levels along the shores of Lake Ontario.

The teams consist of hydraulic and hydrology engineers, geotechnical engineers, coastal engineers, and operation and technical service personnel. Members of these teams can be sent out individually or as a group to provide technical support.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Tuesday that the governor is formally requesting assistance from the  Corps of Engineers. Corps assistance could include the construction of temporary flood barriers to help protect communities, as well as the positioning of additional personnel and equipment to existing state and local efforts.

Members of the Corps of Engineers have made field visits to affected areas in Niagara and Wayne counties, offering information on permit options. The state is also helping people learn about insurance claims and related assistance.. 

NYS Dept. of  Financial Services  Mobile Command Centers currently scheduled are as follows:

Orleans County: Thursday, May 11  10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Town of Kent, County Marine Park,  Point Breeze Road (Route 98)

Niagara County:  Friday, May 12,  10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Town of Newfane, Olcott Fire Company, 1691 Lockport-Olcott Rd

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Federal officials say the Corps is in communication with the State Office of Emergency Management, state regional directors, and county emergency managers to help state and local efforts.

Residents in need of assistance should contact the governor's hotline at 866-244-3839.

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