$1.5M state grant to help Monroe fix 2017 flooding issues

$1.5M state grant to help Monroe fix 2017 flooding issues

In this May 2, 2017 file photo, floodwaters from Lake Ontario fill a yard along Edgemere Drive, in Greece. (AP, File)
In this May 2, 2017 file photo, floodwaters from Lake Ontario fill a yard along Edgemere Drive, in Greece. (AP, File)

The County of Monroe will receive $1.5 million in grant funding from the state Office of Community Renewal to support a number of county infrastructure restoration and mitigation projects along the Lake Ontario shoreline.

“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,” County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said in a statement. “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, awarded through the state’s 2017 Imminent Threat Program, will be invested into public infrastructure maintained by the county’s Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Services and Department of Parks. Of that, $1 million will be used to restore county-owned public infrastructure damaged by last year’s flooding, while the remainder will fund resiliency projects to prevent further damage in the event of future flooding.

Projects include 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 and rehabilitation and protection of Bay Front South Road, among other things.

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