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$3.4M in Southern Tier projects to increase storm resiliency

BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Multiple projects geared toward making the area more fortified during storms are getting funding through New York State.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Thursday that $3.4 million in projects are expected to begin in the Southern Tier this fall. The funding is part of more than $41.1 million in projects expected to be underway this fall as part of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction program.

The goal of the projects is to help areas still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee  plan and prepare for extreme weather events.

The NY Rising Community Reconstruction program was established after those storms to help residents and business owners recover.

Below are the projects getting funding:

Town of Union 

  • Refuse Garage Relocation– $2,653,752: A new refuse garage will be built at 2900 Wayne Street on land outside the flood plain that is owned by the town. The garage was flooded during Tropical Storm Lee, leading to solid waste service and storm clean up interruption.

Village of Johnson City

  • Water Department Maintenance/Storage Building Replacement Project– $444,850: The old Water Department administration and operations building will be torn down, with a new maintenance and storage building being built at a higher elevation, making sure the facility can remain in operation during flooding and other extreme weather events. Construction is already underway and is expected to be complete in February 2019.

Town of Conklin

  • Stillwater Road Storm Water Improvements– $313,767: a storm water drainage system will be installed Stillwater Road  through a plot of land that is privately owned and discharges into a river, which will mitigate flooding and keep an evacuation route open for residents on Stillwater Road.

Town of Union Supervisor Rose Sotak (R) spoke about the project in the Town of Union. She said they were attempting to put in the foundation for the new refuse garage now. She said they were hoping to have it complete depending on weather by April 1, 2019.

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