Lt. Governor will be in Kendall today to see effort to fight flood

Photo by Tom Rivers: A Kendall resident has sandbags stacked along the shoreline to help stave off erosion and flooding from a high Lake Ontario.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 May 2017 at 10:32 am

Mobile command center at OC Marine Park today to assist with filing insurance claims

KENDALL – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will be in Kendall today to see the community’s efforts to fight the flooding from a high Lake Ontario.

She will stop by the Kendall Highway Department, where volunteers, inmates and town employees have filled more than 40,000 sandbags the past two weeks.

She also is expected to go to the Bald Eagle Marina, which has lost about 350 to 400 feet of beachfront property, and remains vulnerable to the high lake and its waves.

State Assemblyman Steve Hawley said there is some good news in the fight against erosion from the lake.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is implementing its Advanced Measures and Emergency Ops Flood Fighting programs immediately to assist flood victims along the Lake Ontario Shoreline.

“This is the news that homeowners and businesses have been waiting for,” Hawley said. “I applaud the governor’s work to bring assistance to the flooded areas and I am hopeful that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be able to rapidly deploy services to mitigate further damage ahead of the rain forecasted for this weekend. I am still working with Gov. Cuomo’s office to secure federal and state funds to help us rebuild after the flooding has subsided.”

The Army Corps program includes technical assistance and direct assistance, consisting of data collection, identifying flood threats, mapping out flood evacuation plans, inspecting Flood Control Works, identifying flood threats to the area, providing emergency flood flight supplies to the area, emergency construction of protective measures, and a host of other initiatives to protect life and prevent urban damages and flooding of public facilities.

“I know this is a challenging time for our community, and my thoughts and prayers are with the flood victims and their family members,” Hawley said. “My office is always available to answer questions and help in any way that we can.”

Residents are also encouraged to contact the Flood Assistance Hotline at 866-244-3839 for help.

In addition, the State Department of Financial Services has a Mobile Command Center in Orleans today at the County Marine Park on Route 98 in Point Breeze. The center will provide insurance help to residents affected by the flooding along Lake Ontario, Gov. Cuomo said in a news release.

The center will have staff at the Marine Park today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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