Trump approves disaster aid for Lake Ontario flooding

Marco Green
November 15, 2017

The White House has ordered federal assistance directed toward Lake Ontario communities in six NY counties, all affected by high water levels this past spring and summer.

Federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis.

The White House says funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures across the state.

$10 million of that state money was awarded to municipalities and the remaining $5 million created small business grants for flood recovery.

The money will help eligible local and tribal governments, and some nonprofit organizations, pay for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding, White House officials said.

In order for President Donald Trump to issue a disaster declaration, federal law required that the initial request come from the governor.

Record rainfall has been blamed for high water levels along the lake and river. It omits two lakefront counties, Monroe and Cayuga, but says additional designations could be added later if warranted.

Upstate New York members of Congress and the state's US senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, urged FEMA to approve the disaster assistance.

U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, whose district includes the eastern portion of Oswego County, calld the flooding along the lake "unprecedented".

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump declared a "major disaster" in parts of NY.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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