Lake Ontario shoreline declared disaster area by President Trump

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo Regulatory Team provided permit guidance to residents in Youngstown, New York. A bank as seen in the photo collapsed due to high Lake Ontario water levels. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

WASHINGTON D.C. (WIVB) — President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that the Lake Ontario shoreline is a disaster area.

The President ordered that federal assistance be supplemented to “state, tribal and local recovery efforts,” according to the White House Press Secretary’s office.

Flooding affected the shoreline from early May until early August.

The White House says the counties affected by the declaration are Niagara, Orleans, Jefferson, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne.

The federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work, as well as replacement or repair of facilities damaged by flooding.

The White House says funding is also available for hazard mitigation measures across the state.

Sen. Charles Schumer released a statement on the declaration:

“This is a massive and well-deserved shot in the arm for many lakefront counties that we fought long and hard to secure. It will provide federal funds for many counties hit hard by the relentless lake flooding, but we will keep up the pressure until we secure the same support for both Monroe and Cayuga Counties. Residents along Lake Ontario dealt with record-high lake levels and it has caused them to close businesses, caused damage to homes and eroded shoreline protections. This is great news for Jefferson, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Wayne Counties giving them the crucial funds they need to recover. I am pleased FEMA heeded our calls by agreeing to help affected communities; rest assured I will keep pushing to get the same designation and support for Monroe and Cayuga so that all counties affected by Lake Ontario’s high waters get the funding they need and deserve to get back on their feet.”

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