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FEMA funds approved to repair Gowanda reservoir

Gowanda will have funds to repair its reservoir that was damaged by flooding in 2014.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved an $830,000 project that will allow the village to repair the Point Peter Reservoir system, which has been unusable since the May 2014 flooding.

Schumer secured $436,000 in funding in November for the village to remove dead trees, sediment and other debris from the reservoir.

The second installment of funding includes a cost sharing, with the federal government picking up 75 percent, or about $620,000, of the cost.

“After too much time wading through bureaucratic morass, this second installment of FEMA funding will finally allow the village to make desperately needed repairs at the reservoir,” Schumer said in a news release.

Since the 2014 flooding, the village has received its drinking water from a single backup well, and the village has remained under a state of emergency.

The most recent flooding came as Gowanda was rebuilding from an even worse one in 2009. When the second flood occurred, the previous damage was exacerbated, making the cost and recovery more difficult, Schumer said.

The FEMA funding will allow the village to clean the reservoir to pre-flood condition and upgrade the bypass channel and intake structure.

In addition, the funding will enable the village to modify the forebay, install riprap at various locations, replace the catwalk bridge over the dam, replace the south wall and ladder access to the valves at the Gate House, reconstruct an access road, stabilize the soil to prevent future washouts, replace the stop logs for temporary damming of springs and reinforce the banks.

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