State Aid Bound For Lake Ontario Land Owners Affected By Flooding

May 23, 2017

ROCHESTER (WXXI) - Water levels on Lake Ontario may be peaking, but for lakefront homeowners, the worst is far from over. However, there were developments Monday involving some help from the state. Governor Cuomo's office announced he's making $10 million available to help flood victims. 

Credit Payne Horning, WRVO

These funds from New York State Homes and Community Renewal agency are expected to help towns along the lake to build back infrastructure like roads, sidewalks, and sewers.

The governor's office also has other programs in place to help victims of the high water, including a hotline where residents can report suspected price gouging.

Emergency Response Mobile Command Centers are being deployed to several towns along the shore to help with financial queries.

These mobile units are staffed by state employees from the department of financial services and provide assistance to residents filing claims, and applying for grants.

Mobile Command Centers will be available at the Parma Town Hall Building on Wednesday and Sodus Point Beach Park on Thursday.

Also on Monday, the NYS Senate passed a bill that would make $55 million in grants available to people impacted by the flooding. The grants would be made available to property owners, businesses, farms, not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and counties affected by high water levels in Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Champlain, and the St. Lawrence River.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly.