Monroe County will receive $1.5 million in grant funding from the New York State Office of Community Renewal through its 2017 Imminent Threat program.
The funds will be allocated to support county infrastructure restoration and mitigation projects along the shore of Lake Ontario.
“The flooding of Lake Ontario in 2017 took a significant toll on public infrastructure, and therefore impacted every local taxpayer, not just those who live near the lake,” said Cheryl Dinolfo, county executive. “Our county teams worked hard to ensure that no public services were disrupted by the flooding, but even now we are still repairing impacted infrastructure while reinvesting in improvement projects to prevent future damage.”
The $1.5 million will be invested into public infrastructure maintained by Monroe County Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Services and Department of Parks. Of that sum, $1 million will be used to restore county-owned public infrastructure damaged by last year’s flooding, while the remaining $500,000 will fund resiliency projects to prevent further damage in the event of future flooding.
The Monroe County restoration and mitigation projects to be funded through this grant include the restoration of the lakeshore interceptor sewer and repair of the Charlotte Pump Station; replacement of pumps used to relieve street flooding and protect homeowner property; rehabilitation and protection of Bay Front South Road, which provides access to the southern end of Irondequoit Bay; bank armoring and installation of inline gate valves on storm system outlets to minimize the back up of flood waters on Edgemere Drive; and installation of rock rip rap to protect the shoreline at Webster Park.