State funding available for homeowners living along St. Lawrence River who were impacted by flooding
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:45 am

CANTON – State funding may be available to help homeowners living along the St. Lawrence River who were impacted by flooding this year.

Between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, homeowners residing in St. Lawrence County may apply for up to $50,000 in state funding to offset damages to their primary residence that occurred between Jan. 1, 2019 and Sept. 30, 2019.

A letter from the New York State Association of Counties to St. Lawrence County Legislature Chairman Joe Lightfoot said the state has committed up to $300 million to rebuilding the Lake Ontario shoreline and improving resiliency in flood prone regions through the Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI).

This commitment includes $20 million to assist homeowners directly impacted by flooding in 2019.

Homeowners are encouraged to apply for the funding before the Oct. 31 deadline.

Homeowners may direct questions, or apply for assistance through Neighbors of Watertown Inc., the not-for-profit organization responsible for administering the program in the region.

The organization can be contacted at 112 Franklin St., Watertown 13601; 315-782-8497; https://www.neighborsofwatertown.com/; or [email protected].

Local governments will be required to provide a 5% financial match for awards given through the program.