The Village of Gowanda will be able to start work on restoring its reservoir, thanks to approval of $436,493.50 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY, announced Wednesday.
The grant, the first installment in funding Schumer and the village have sought from FEMA, will pay for removal of dead trees, sediment and other debris from the Point Peter Reservoir, which was severely damaged by flooding in May 2014. Schumer vowed to keep pushing for an additional $829,814 to finish the repairs. That funding is undergoing a final review process.
Since the flooding, Schumer noted, the village has had to rely on a single backup well for its drinking water and has remained under a state of emergency. The repairs, he added, will include measures to guard against damage from storms in the future.