Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $10 million in state funding to assist eligible local municipalities impacted by recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline.
The investment program will support flood recovery efforts including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks and culverts along with public water and sewer infrastructure. Funding is available through New York State Homes and Community Renewal.
The program is open to applications from municipal governments in the eight counties identified in Cuomo’s emergency declaration: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne.
Staff from the Lake Ontario Rapid Response Team continue to assist residents and monitor response efforts along the Lake Ontario shoreline.
“As Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River continue to slowly rise, we must do everything in our power to ease the financial and personal toll on our families and communities while fortifying our infrastructure to ensure its continued viability,” Cuomo said. “With this available funding, we are ramping up our multi-agency response efforts to help these communities and provide the assistance that they need now.”
More than 1.2 million sandbags have been deployed to help localities mitigate damage to their homes and businesses, along with 11 sandbagging machines. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has deployed field teams to provide technical assistance and coordination with state and local emergency management personnel.
“Our communities on Lake Ontario are working hard to fight off flood damage to roads, floodwalls and the public water infrastructure in several locations along the lakefront spanning from Jefferson County to Niagara,” Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul said. “Gov. Cuomo has committed $10 million in state funding to help make needed infrastructure repairs in these communities, and we will continue our ongoing support in manpower, sandbagging and assistance at our mobile command center.”
Residents are encouraged to report suspected price gouging to the Lake Ontario Flood Assistance Hotline at 866-244-3839. The hotline is available for residents and businesses concerned about potential price gouging or other exploitative practices by service providers in the area.
The state will continue to deploy emergency response mobile command centers staffed by Department of Financial Services personnel to help residents with the insurance claim process.
Department of Environmental Conservation experts are available at the mobile command centers to help answer questions on the Storm Recovery General Permit, describe the specific types of repair and stabilization work authorized and provide assistance in completing the application form. In certain instances, based on the available information provided by applicants, DEC will provide permits on-site or expedite further review and field visits necessary to issue permits.
To obtain the required authorization under this general permit, read the instructions online, determine if the proposed work is within the permit’s scope, fill out the application and provide drawings, plans, photos and a location map.
DEC has deployed a team of coastal engineers to Lake Ontario to meet with property owners, conduct site visits and offer technical assistance. To date, DEC has issued 247 permits.
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Those not able to visit the emergency response mobile command center can call 800-339-1759 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for help with insurance-related issues.
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Office of Emergency Management continues to coordinate with county and local partners in monitoring the lake’s rising levels, and additional resources from other state stockpiles have been shifted to Monroe County in case conditions worsen.
In Monroe County, 322,000 sandbags have been distributed, with 30,000 sandbags from the Army Corps of Engineers. Two sandbaggers and 64 National Guard members were deployed. A state sandbagging operation is established in Hilton with a local operation on Long Pond Road in Rochester. The county received 24 pumps.
In Wayne County, 255,000 sandbags have been distributed along with two sandbaggers and 47 National Guard members deployed to the area. A state sandbagging operation is established in Sodus with a local operation in Sodus Point. The county received two hoses and pumps.
The Department of Transportation continues to work with sister agencies and local and county leaders, providing assistance and equipment to more than a dozen communities. NYSDOT crews have bagged more than 3,700 tons of sand, providing nearly 170,000 of the deployed sandbags to affected communities.
New York State Parks continues to monitor the situation, specifically involving issues of high water, shoreline erosion and debris accumulation. Crews have placed sandbags around vulnerable facilities and are cleaning and clearing out debris. Crews will assess long-term impacts once the water recedes. All parks are open and focused on getting ready for the summer. For park updates, visit
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