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Project addressing flooding in Lexington Green neighborhood to receive federal funding

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 16:30:15-05

WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WKBW) — A project aimed at reducing flooding in a Town of West Seneca neighborhood will soon receive over $100,000 in federal funding.

Congressman Brian Higgins (D, NY-26) announced Friday the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will receive $115,347 in federal funding provided through the 2020 National Coastal Resilience Fund towards its Buffalo Creek floodplain project aimed at reducing flooding in the Lexington Green neighborhood.

The Lexington Green neighborhood faces a nearly yearly threat of flooding due to Buffalo Creek.

"Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper is excited about the potential to improve Buffalo Creek and continue restoration and collaboration in the West Seneca community that we started over a decade ago," said Executive Director Jill Jedlicka. "We continue to see an increase in flooding events and habitat loss throughout New York's Great Lakes basin, in large part due to climate change and land use modifications, but through projects like these, we can start to implement more resilient shorelines and communities in the years to come. We are grateful for the National Fish and Wildlife's Foundation continued investment in Western New York."

The funding will go towards analysis, field study, and preliminary design of a reconnected floodplain on Buffalo Creek.