WASHINGTON – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is asking the federal government to take a stronger role in preventing flooding along the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River shorelines.
In a letter sent over the weekend to Lt. Col. Adam Czekanski of the Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo district, Cuomo asked for emergency protections under the Corps' Advanced Measures program, in which the agency takes actions in flood-prone areas to prevent damage in future storms.
"With ongoing monitoring of water levels indicating there is a serious threat for renewed coastal flooding in 2018, this issue demands focused attention and support from the federal government," Cuomo said. "New Yorkers cannot be left to suffer another year of damaging floods with no additional protection."
Cuomo's letter followed a bipartisan effort on both sides of Capitol Hill to get funding for a study to look at ways to prevent future flooding throughout the Great Lakes. Cuomo said he supports that effort.