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$49 million projects announced to curb Lake Ontario Flooding

Posted at 6:02 PM, Nov 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-13 18:02:44-05

SOMERSET, N.Y. (WKBW) — Concerns about flooding along the Lake Ontario Shoreline are still front and center in Niagara and Orleans counties. The state says its ready to make some fixes.

The New York State DEC and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul announced $49 million funding 20 projects along the 400-mile stretch.

"These important efforts will help to combat devastation from extreme weather events, strengthen our economy, and enhance quality of life for residents,” said Lt. Gov. Hochul.

Here's a breakdown of where the money will go:

Niagara County Projects

  • The $15.7 million Olcott Harbor project here in Newfane is a comprehensive approach to protect critical assets.
  • The more than $2 million Village of Youngstown Waterfront project to stabilize and protect the shoreline.
  • The $1.2 million Lewiston Landing project will replace docs, stabilize the shoreline and more.
  • The $4.5 million Village of Wilson wastewater treatment plant project will prevent this infrastructure from flooding.
  • The $3.36 million Sunset Island West Barrier Bar project to address recurring breaches.
  • The $1.6 million Townline Pier project in Wilson will stabilize the pier.
  • The $1.3 million Town of Somerset Multiple Use Site project will use nature-based solutions to protect shoreline.
  • The $87,000 YMCA Camp Kenan project in Somerset will help keep this camp open.
  • $50,000 will install safety markers over submerged structures in both Niagara and Orleans counties.
  • The $1.8 million Olcott Beach Berm project.

Orleans County Projects

  • The $9 million wastewater infrastructure project will protect this Town of Kendall infrastructure from flood impacts and high water.
  • The $385,000 Lakeside Park Road East project also in Carlton will protect the road by stabilizing bluff here.
  • The $2.5 million Yates Town Park Expansion will insure access to this park and stabilize shoreline.
  • The $235,000 Lakeside Park Road West project will ensure emergency responders can access this community in Carlton.
  • The $1.5 million project to replace culverts and stabilize roadways in the Town of Kendall.
  • Also in Kendall, the $131,000 Thompson Drive project will install natural shoreline protection to ensure access.
  • The Route 237 Right of Way project in Kendall will stabilize shoreline to prevent future flooding.
  • $876,000 will help replace, modify, and upgrade docks at marinas in Wilson and Carlton to keep these economic drivers up and running.
  • The $2 million Lakeshore Road/Route 97 project in the Town of Carlton that will protect the roadway by stabilizing the bluff.

No word yet on when work will begin.