Local leaders look at ideas to resist future flooding

wwny Local leaders look at ideas to resist future flooding

ALEXANDRIA BAY, N.Y. (WWNY) - Dozens of local leaders gathered in Alexandria Bay Friday to look at more than 230 ideas in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties for Governor Cuomo’s Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, or REDI funding. The governor has committed $300 million to build resistance to high waters.

“This is the worst flooding that’s ever been experienced on Lake Ontario; we are being awakened to a new norm,” said Jim Tierney, deputy commissioner of water resources, state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The ideas have been separated into five different categories. The regional planning committee made of local leaders and a team of engineers will now work together to look at what projects are most important.

“Based on engineering assessments, other technical assessments and the leadership of the local community saying what’s really important that list will be called down and ultimately brought forward to the REDI Commission as a recommendation for action,” said Tierney.

While there are many ideas for action, some municipalities already know their top project ideas.

“The village of Sackets Harbor has asked for the state to look carefully at the development of the eastern shore sea wall that would stretch the entire eastern cost of Sackets Harbor,” said Sackets Harbor Mayor Molly Riley.

“With the REDI program, the village is looking at the water plant which the front end along the water is under water and we need to look at when the water goes down if there is any damage to the foundation and to build a sea wall around it to protect it,” said Alexandria Bay Mayor Steven Jarvis.

The planning committee will continue to look at the REDI Commission proposals and refine them further before they need to be finalized September 9.

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