Governor announces flood project funding

Karen DeWitt, NY Public Radio

The Cuomo administration announced Monday that it will spend $26.7 million on flood control projects in the Southern Tier. But as the Innovation Trail's Matt Richmond reports, the repairs aren't necessarily in response to last year's flooding.

Despite only $2 million in costs from September's flooding, Tompkins County will benefit from $13 million for a flood control project.

Owego was one of the towns hardest hit by the flooding. Its project is receiving just $25,000.

That's because the projects chosen are intended to protect against future flooding. State assemblywoman and environmental conservation committee member Donna Lupardo says the projects are long overdue.

"And many of these projects have been on the radar for a very long time and some were exacerbated by the flood and some have been on a high priority list for a very long time," says Lupardo.

The money will come from the governor's New York Works initiative. The Department of Environmental Conservation will conduct the repairs.