The panels include representatives from government, nonprofits and other stakeholders, and will “create and implement locally oriented strategies to rebuild and better prepare for future extreme weather,” according to a media release from the governor’s office.
Locally, committees were created in Sidney, Margaretville and Prattsville.
It’s important to have input from local stakeholders in flood recovery. These committees are a good step.
To the continued funding of four local stream gauges that were to be shut down today.
A gauge in the Susquehanna River at Bainbridge will receive funding for 2014.
Long-term funding was found for gauges in the Unadilla River at Rockdale and the Chenango River at Sherburne and Greene.
Sen. Charles Schumer announced the continued funding on Sept. 13.
These gauges are important in preparing for potential flooding. It is a small price to pay for increased awareness and safety.