Waterfront communities pitch ideas to deal with future flooding

wwny Waterfront communities pitch ideas to deal with future flooding

CLAYTON, N.Y. (WWNY) - Communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River have been dealing with historic Flooding.

Governor Cuomo has a $300 million plan to prepare for a future where this is the new normal.

The money is available for different projects to bolster and protect the shorelines.

In Clayton Friday, there was a regional meeting to pitch ideas.

“Today is all about hearing ideas from the community as to which projects are critical and provide resiliency as well as long term sustainability,” said state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos.

Sackets Harbor Mayor Molly Reilly is proposing $9.8 million worth of projects.

“A village like Sackets Harbor certainly could not afford these mitigations, which have become clearly significant to the quality of life and the opportunities for business unless we have partnership with New York State,” she said.

Some of Reilly’s proposals include raising flood walls, relocating sewage plants and elevating roadways.

The question now is which projects will be done.

“We’re prioritizing them now. This is a race to Labor Day where we’re going to provide a report from all of these regional visits to the governor and then ultimately get a lot of the priority projects funded,” said Seggos.

There are some concerns. Local officials say $300 million is not enough. Others are criitcal that the state is requiring a 15 percent match for each state dollar funded.

The state is taking project proposals until August 2. Proposals can be submitted to Randall Young, the regional DEC director, by emailing him at randall.young@dec.ny.gov.

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