Questions about Lake Ontario flood funding

Lake Residents Looking For Flooding Relief

OLCOTT, NY - Residents along Lake Ontario may not be enjoying much of their holiday weekend.

As many people continue to deal with flooding problems, residents have been waiting on relief for months and earlier this week, the state approved a multi-million dollar relief package.
 
Folks along the Lake Ontario shoreline, who are dealing with flooding, have been doing their best to make repairs. 2 On your Side spoke to State Senator Rob Ortt, about the funding package. A lot of money will be needed to help places along the shore.

Carrie Cox listens to a pump, every single day -- it's taking water out of the sewer system which is backed up from Lake Ontario flooding. Runoff has caused her home to sink, and she walks on palates to get to and from her front door, because her front lawn is soaked.

"I have to redo the foundation at the bottom now," she said. "It's just a mess."

Carrie plans on calling her insurance company next week and taking a look into getting a state grant to reimburse her for anything insurance may not cover.

"It would definitely help," she said.

The state has just approved a $55 million dollars in flood relief package.

REPORTER: We got word that it was going to be around $90 million, got watered down to $55 million -- why's that?

"As you know these things have to be negotiated with the Governor with the executive and he did not want to do $90 million and I don't know whether that was a budgetary reason or whatever it was but we could agree on $55 million," said State Senator Rob Ortt.

Homeowners with one home can get grants up to $50,000. There is no cap on income for these families.

"If you're going to do it, you should do it for anybody that has damage to that property," Ortt said.

The cap for folks with more than one home which is $275,000. Businesses can get grants between $20,000 and $50,000.

REPORTER: What are people being told to do?

"My guess is there will be an application, they will need to show receipts that there is damage. I'm sure there will be people going out to assess that the damage has taken place," Ortt said.

REPORTER: Say for example under the circumstance someone gets all that in, how long until people actually hear back?

"It could be weeks we are talking about state government," he said. 

People are being asked to contact the state Urban Development Corporation, a division of Empire State Development (https://esd.ny.gov/). The grants will cover damage caused by flooding that occurred between Jan. 1 and June 30.
 

 

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