Governor announces $300M to help communities prepare for future flooding

wwny Governor announces $300M to help communities prepare for future flooding

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WWNY) - At the first meeting of his Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) commission, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced up to $300 million available for communities impacted by lake flooding.

Cuomo made the announcement Monday morning in Rochester, where he, the commission, and more than 250 state and local officials from communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River gathered to develop plans to reduce risks to waterfront infrastructure and local economies.

Local governments will have to match 15 percent of each dollar the state spends.

The governor formed the REDI commission in the wake of record-high water levels in 2017 and even higher records set this year.

High water levels both years have eroded shorelines, damaged shoreline structures, and caused problems for summer tourism, one of the area’s largest industries.

The idea behind the commission is to help shoreline communities better deal with lake and river flooding in the future.

At Monday's meeting, local governments began to outline their priorities to state officials who will award funding to projects identified by the REDI commission.

Local governments have until Labor Day to submit their projects for consideration.

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