LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. -- Folks impacted by the severe flooding along Lake Ontario could soon get help on a federal level.

Congressman Chris Collins was in the Orleans County town of Lyndonville Wednesday, assessing the damage.

Collins said the Army Corps of Engineers will expedite permits to homeowners who want to put up breakwalls, he said.

Collins also said he expects that area to hit the threshold for federal help, which means homeowners will get low interest loans to help fix damage.

"The lake levels are still over two feet higher than they're supposed to be or have been," Collins said. "The docks are underwater; people can't get their boats out. Most campgrounds and beaches are shutdown... so we have a long way to go."

Collins also said he's working to give homeowners direct grants, not loans, meaning they would not have to pay anything back.