Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)
October 26, 2020
Ahead Of Anniversary of Floods, Brindisi Urges Residents To Make Use Of Federal Buyout Program
Brindisi: These Funds Will Help Our Community Rebuild; I Encourage Residents Take Advantage of This Program
Congressman Anthony Brindisi today urged Whitesboro landowners affected by the Halloween Flood of 2019 to take advantage of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s flood buyout program. Brindisi secured the $20 million grant funding for Whitesboro in September.
The funds are part of the Floodplain Easement Component of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWPP/FPE). Landowners of residential properties in the Village of Whitesboro north of Oriskany Boulevard that have been subjected to significant repetitive damage due to flooding from the Sauquoit Creek are eligible to participate.
“I’ve witnessed flooding in these communities going back to my time in the State Assembly,” said Brindisi. “Year after year, homes, businesses, and families were displaced by flooding. This funding means homes in this region will be eligible for buyouts and families can begin to start over. I strongly encourage those affected by the Halloween Flood to take advantage of this program and reach out to my office for support.”
Residents interested in participating can submit their application by e-mail at NRCS@whitestown.net or by mail to the Town Hall at 8539 Clark Mills Road, Whitesboro, NY 13492. They can also drop off applications to the Town Hall in person.
Brindisi encouraged residents with questions to contact his Utica office or visit the NRCS website.