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Millions Coming to Broome & Tioga for Flood Mitigation

(Source: Jason Weinstein)

"The floods are going to occur. What we need to do is minimize their impact," said Vince Pasquale, Co-Chair of the NY Rising Program for Broome County.

In an attempt to minimize that impact roughly 37 million dollars is available to localities in Broome and Tioga counties as part of the New York Rising Program.

This money will focus on projects that will help municipalities be better prepared for flooding.

"We'll build some resiliency into existing infrastructure and to some of the emergency planning," said Pasquale.

"Essential infrastructure projects, some pump stations and things like that were impacted by the last storm," said Julie Sweet, regional lead for the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program in Broome and Tioga Counties.

Plans need to be in to the state on March 31st, with the hope being approved projects would begin in June. For the Village and Town of Owego, the largest project on the table is to move the two DPW buildings from the 100-year floodplain.

"Both of them were severely flooded in 2011 and were pretty much out of commission for a couple of weeks and then functioning at a lower level for about a month and a half," said Owego Mayor Kevin Millar.

There is roughly 21 million dollars available for the Broome County communities of Binghamton, Conklin, Endicott, Johnson City, Union, Vestal, and the Town of Chenango. There is about 15 million for projects in the Tioga County municipalities of Nichols, Owego, and Tioga.

"We're looking at trying to build back better in this community to protect us in the future," said Sweet.

****In Binghamton, Jason Weinstein, FOX 40 HD News****

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