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Lake Ontario shoreline restoration efforts get $1.9 million

Posted at 11:21 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-23 23:21:50-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara County is getting nearly $1.9 million in federal funding to restore the Lake Ontario shoreline.

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding Tuesday. The funds are administered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to restore the Krull Park shoreline, which was severely damaged when Lake Ontario flooded in 2017.

New York’s Lake Ontario shoreline experienced severe flooding in the summer of 2017 after heavy rains in the spring.

Krull Park Beach was impacted by the Lake Ontario flooding and remained closed that summer due to shoreline damage caused by high water levels and harsh rainstorms.

In November of 2017, FEMA issued a major disaster declaration for the area surrounding the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Officials from both Niagara and Orleans counties met Monday afternoon for a Lake Ontario Preparedness Update. This is meant to discuss water levels, preparedness activities, and address concerns from both emergency management and government officials.

Officials are urging residents in low-lying areas of Wilson and Olcott to be vigilant and report any problems with rising water.