New York state has announced a $2 million flood mitigation and stream restoration program for the Village of Hoosick Falls to help the community recover from devastating floods this past July.
Historic rainfall over a few hours caused flooding of Woods Brook, which damaged homes and infrastructure. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office says up to $1 million will be made available to the village to purchase and remove up to 13 damaged structures. $900,000 will be used to implement green infrastructure projects to hold and slow flood waters upstream and $182,000 will help design the flood plain restoration project.
"New York is no stranger to the damage that severe weather can inflict on communities, and time and time again, we have stepped up to provide real relief to families affected by storms," Governor Cuomo said in a statement Thursday. "This funding will give residents the resources they need to build back better and stronger as they recover from the flooding they experienced this summer."
"This is a monumental day for our Village," said Hoosick Falls Mayor Rob Allen in a statement. "We have been provided a pathway to make a lasting and permanent solution to a problem that has plagued our Village for decades. We are extremely grateful to the Governor, DEC, and DHSES for their months of work on this project. Not only does it show our State Government's commitment to Hoosick Falls, but it is an example of the state providing support and opportunities to one of the many beautiful rural locations in Upstate New York."