2 more counties added to lake flooding disaster declaration
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say two more counties that sustained extensive shoreline damage from Lake Ontario flooding last year are now eligible for federal recovery aid.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, all Democrats, announced Friday that the Trump administration added Monroe and Cayuga counties to the state’s major disaster declaration for flooding last spring and summer.
The two counties were left off the initial declaration issued in November that included Niagara, Orleans, Wayne, Oswego and Jefferson. St. Lawrence County also was included because of flooding along the St. Lawrence River.
Lakefront areas in Monroe County sustained some of the worst damage when lake levels rose 30 inches.
Eligible counties can receive federal funding for part of the cost of repairing facilities damaged by flooding.