State allocates $10M for flooded Lake Ontario coastline communities

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.

Additionally, a total of $20 million in grants would be available to municipalities and special districts for infrastructure repairs caused by the flooding and high water levels and not already covered under existing funding programs.

Water levels on Lake Ontario may be peaking, but for lakefront homeowners, the worst is far from over.

Last week, the State Senate introduced a bill that would make $55 million in grants available to property owners, businesses and community members affected by high water levels on Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River.

Modeled after the program created after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, the Great Lakes Flood Recovery Grant Program would help communities rebuild after this latest natural disaster. The hotline is available for residents and businesses concerned about potential price gouging or other exploitative practices by service providers in the area.

The Emergency Response Moblie Command Centers will be at the following local locations on Tuesday, May 23.

Department of Environmental Conservation experts are also available at the Mobile Command Centers to help answer questions on the Storm Recovery General Permit, describe the specific types of fix and stabilization work authorized, and provide assistance in completing the application form.

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.

Experts from the Department of Environmental Conservation will also be at the Mobile Command Centers to answer questions about the Storm Recovery General Permit.

Niagara: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.in the Town of Newfane at the Olcott Fire Company.

Mobile Command Centers will be available at the Parma Town Hall Building on Wednesday and Sodus Point Beach Park on Thursday.

  • Zachary Reyes