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NYS investing $300 million to protect shoreline communities

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Posted at 8:11 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 20:11:45-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — $300 million is being spent by New York State to increase the resilience of shoreline communities like those along Lake Ontario.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the completion of the first round of dredging at Port Bay, in Wayne County. This was the first of 20 dredging sites selected across the region. The projects are designed to repair and better protect communities recovering from damages caused by high water levels and flooding.

"New Yorkers living and working along the shorelines of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River are still reeling from last year's record flooding that devastated their communities," Governor Cuomo said. "We are doing everything we can to help these communities build back stronger than before."

Dredging is planned in Western New York in Wilson, Olcott Harbor, Oak Orchard Harbor and Johnson Creek.