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August 28, 2013

Mayor: Sidney still recovering from flood

By Mark Boshnack Staff Writer
The Daily Star

---- — Several area municipalities suffered extensive damage from storms that hit the area two years ago, and haven’t yet completely recovered.

One of those was the Village of Sidney. Its mayor, Andrew Matviak, said Tuesday that the village is rebuilding with the help of state and federal money. While it may be impossible to stop future flooding, “we can reduce the impact,” he said.

Toward that end, the village was one of the communities designated by the state as eligible to receive up to $3 million in federal funds to help with the rebuilding, he said. This requires a long-term strategic plan that will designate how to use the funds, he said.

Other localities affected included the towns of Prattsville and Middletown. Prattsville Supervisor Kory O’Hara did not return a message left at the town hall by The Daily Star requesting a comment this story, and Middletown Supervisor Marjorie Miller didn’t return a message left on her answering machine.

In Sidney, the community continues to give input during the development of the long-term plan, Matviak said. The process that has been going on for 1½ years, with the help of county Planning Department.

The planners will need more public hearings to decide how to proceed, and details were not available yet about what that includes, but it will affect housing and businesses damaged in the floods of 2006 and 2011, he said.

The village was instrumental in providing leadership to secure state and federal funding needed to keep a major area employer, the Amphenol Corporation, in the village, Matviak said. Amphenol will relocate to a site above the flood plain.

Matviak thanked Delaware County Economic Development Director Glenn Nealis for his help with that achievement. In the time since the last flood, Matviak said, it was encouraging to see new business at various locations in the community as well.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency in the next couple of months will be buying up to 23 homes that qualify in the flooded area, he said, but not everyone is expected to accept the funds.