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NY sending $10 million for towns hurt by Lake Ontario flooding

Approximately $10 million in state funding is being made available to local towns, cities, and villages affected by flooding along Lake Ontario. (WHAM photo)

Albany, N.Y. (WHAM) - Approximately $10 million in state funding is being made available to local towns, cities, and villages affected by flooding along Lake Ontario.

The funding will go toward supporting repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, along with public water and sewer infrastructures.

People looking to access the funds can do so through the New York State Homes and Community Renewal program.

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo declared a State of Emergency in Monroe, Orleans, and Wayne counties - along with five others - to help speed up repairs to impacted homes and business, along with construction of shoreline stabilization projects.

"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," Governor 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."

This week, Mobile Command Centers will be at the following locations:

Tuesday, May 23

County Marine Park, Kent, Orleans County - 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24

Parma Town Hall - 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, May 25

Sodus Point Beach Park - 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

In Wayne County, two people from the state are filling sandbags in Sodus. Local volunteers are filling them in Sodus Point. So far, 255,000 sandbags have been jilled, with 47 National Guard members deploying hoses and pumps.

People living in Monroe County have had 322,000 sandbags filled by two sandbaggers from the state. State workers have an operation point set up in Hilton, which local workers have one in Greece. Approximately 24 pumps of varying lengths have been sent out, with 64 National Guard members being deployed.

In Orleans County, one person from the state filled sandbags, with operations set up in Albion. Three crews of inmates from NYS DOCCS were filling sandbags in Kendall and Carlton. Approximately 130,000 sandbags were handed out and 52 National Guard members were deployed.

Anyone who thinks they are seeing price gouging related to the flooding can call the Lake Ontario Flood Assistance Hotline at (866) 244-3839.

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