Niagara County to receive $2.7M to bolster flood defenses

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State will commit a chunk of funds to Niagara County officials to be used towards flood prevention — with a large majority heading to Lockport.

The City of Lockport most recently struggled with flooding in the summer of 2013, severely damaging the city’s sewer system and 600 residents in total. Thanks to a series of funds set aside after the massive hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City, Lockport will receive $1.5 million to install a new storm-water main trunk line on High Street.

Lockport will also receive $325,000 to create emergency power generators for pump stations in the Town of Lockport, which also suffered in the June flooding.

The City of Niagara Falls is slated to receive $350,000 to establish emergency power in its waste-water treatment plant, as there is currently no permanent backup power source. Another $325,000 will go towards emergency power in the city’s sewer collection system.

Sewer lift stations in the Town of Wheatfield will also receive $200,000 to establish their own standby generators to aid their systems in the event of a power outage.

Niagara County leaders praised the funds pouring in, in the hopes of keeping water out in the event of emergency situations.

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