Cuomo in Whitesboro to talk flood relief

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Governor Andrew Cuomo made an appearance in Whitesboro Tuesday morning to announce that state money will be coming to the area to work on fixing problems with Sauquoit Creek that results in flood damage in that area.

Cuomo said that $2,500,000 in state money will be used to remediate the flooding situation along the banks of Sauquoit Creek in the Whitesboro area.

The governor’s announcement came at a press conference held at Boulevard Trailers, a business on Oriskany Boulevard that is on the banks of the Sauquoit Creek.

That area has had a chronic problem with flooding from the creek at times of heavy rain. Exactly one month before Cuomo’s visit, the areas along Sauquoit Creek in Whitesboro experienced some of its worst flooding in years.

Cuomo noted that the plan to fix the problem includes fixes to the area’s infrastructure so the creek can better handle the increased water flow that comes at time of heavy rainfall.

The infrastructure fix will focus on a one mile area around the creek. The plan includes widening and increasing the depth of the creek.

On July 1, 2017, heavy rainfall in the Mohawk Valley caused serious flooding problems across the area. Some of the worst flooding came in the Whitesboro area, along the Sauquoit Creek between Oriskany Boulevard and the CSX railroad tracks. Several homes were damaged to the point of being condemned.

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