NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced $2.5 million to increase the resiliency of the Sauquoit Creek through the construction of an innovative floodplain ‘bench’ that will store and slow floodwaters and protect downstream communities.
In addition, the governor announced new coordinated state actions to help Mohawk River Basin communities hard hit by recent floods that will include $250,000 in new funding.
This announcement complements the ongoing multi-agency flood response efforts of the Departments of State, Environmental Conservation and Transportation, as well as Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and local emergency personnel.
“As severe weather becomes the new normal, it is critical that all levels of government coordinate effectively and advance projects that enhance the resiliency of our infrastructure,” governor Cuomo said. “This investment will protect homes and businesses along the Sauquoit Creek for years to come and help prevent future flood events in the Mohawk Valley.”
Pending regulatory approval, necessary permits and land acquisitions, construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2018 and be completed by 2019.