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$1.9M to help restore Olcott shoreline damaged in 2017 floods

As Niagara County officials worry about rising waters in Lake Ontario again this spring, the county learned Tuesday it will receive nearly $1.9 million in federal aid to restore the shoreline in Krull Park, a county park in Olcott which was heavily damaged in the 2017 lakeshore flooding.

The county had to close the lakeshore beach in that park for the entire 2017 season because of the high waters. The county also constructed emergency berms in Olcott to repair eroded shorelines and protect low-lying areas in the park and the hamlet of Olcott.

Jonathan F. Schultz, county emergency management director, said the aid will be used for "long-term shoreline protection."

Schultz said the county has 8,000 filled sandbags in storage in case of more flooding.

The payment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency was announced Tuesday by Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

The latter said the aid will make Krull Park "more resilient and better able to withstand the next big storm."

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