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April 17, 2014

State OKs $28M grant for Sidney to fight floods

“It’s a very exciting time for us,” Sidney Mayor Andrew Matviak said about receiving state approval for more than $28 million for flood mitigation projects.

The funding still requires federal authorization, but local officials said they expected that would be forthcoming. The village was hard hit during area flooding in 2006 and 2011. For the last two years it has been working through its state funded Sidney New York Rising Community Planning Committee, on a long-term plan to address some of the issues.

The Sidney project was one of ten around that state to receive approval for its Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) proposal, according to the April 11 release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A total of $128 million in such projects have advanced for federal action.

Matviak said he was hopeful that with Cuomo’s announcement, the federal OK will be forthcoming.

Authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved projects will be funded by the HMGP program to assist local governments and nonprofit organizations rebuild stronger more sustainable communities, according to a media release from Cuomo’s office.

FEMA funds provide 75 percent reimbursement of eligible costs, with the balance being paid locally. Matviak said we are looking at additional funding for the 25 percent local share. He said was hopeful they would be forthcoming.

If the federal approval is received, the HMGP State Buyout Program will provide $6.5 million to purchase more than 70 houses in the flood-prone area that runs, roughly from Union Street to state Route 8, near the Susquehanna River, village grant administrator John Redente said.

A total of 210 homes in that area had water damage during the flooding. All those that were hardest hit are included in the buyout.

Another $22 million will be used for a Sidney “GreenPlain” that will help provide additional flood water storage capacity in the area, as well as provide additional park and recreational activities, he said.

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