Governor Andrew Cuomo returned to Wayne and Monroe Counties on Tuesday to visit communities impacted by flooding and erosion damage from Lake Ontario.
The governor made stops at Goodwin Park in Greece and Arney’s Marina in Sodus Point.
Cuomo announced that the state will reimburse the Town of Greece and the Village of Sodus Point $500,000 each for infrastructure costs due to flooding.
He says businesses affected by flooding up to $20,000 for property damage and economic loss. Homeowners will be reimbursed up to $40,000 for damage to the inside or outside of their homes.
Local town and county officials joined Cuomo to reinforce their call for the International Joint Commission (IJC) to even further reduce the water levels in Lake Ontario.
“When I say they blew it, I feel they failed to use their authority they had because the new plan gave them more flexibility, they should have done releases earlier on so we didn’t wind up in this situation,” Cuomo said.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Town Supervisor Bill Reilich say they will be lobbying in Washington, D.C. to do just that at the end of the month.
An IJC board member tells WROC-TV that if there is little rain, lake levels could drop an additional four inches by July 1.
It would take at least a foot drop before people would notice a difference, which is not expected until Aug. 1.
The IJC will meet Monday to review the impact of new outflow levels.
Cuomo also announced that the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is deploying a temporary, emergency dam system in the Town of Greece and in the Village of Sodus Point.
The water filled dams can be rolled quickly, effectively and at less cost than sandbags to protect property.