(WBNG Binghamton) The Village of Owego and the Towns of Nichols and Tioga are each developing a Long Term Community Recovery Strategy to address flooding concerns in those communities.
According to a news release:
Community residents and business owners from the Village of Owego and the Towns of Tioga and Nichols are encouraged to attend and participate in a public workshop on Thursday, October 25th to identify issues and concerns regarding recent flood events and help develop a community vision for stronger resilience and recovery.
The event will run from 6:00 p.m .to 8:00 p.m. at the Hubbard Auditorium in the Tioga County Office Building located at 56 Main Street in Owego.
“This is the first phase of developing a Long Term Community Recovery Strategy for each of these communities, “said Elaine Jardine, Tioga County Planning Director. “The workshop will be a great opportunity for those who live and work in these flood-affected areas to develop a vision and identify projects needed to revitalize the community as well as reduce future hazard damages.”
The workshop will be facilitated by a consultant team that includes Elan Planning, Design & Landscape Architecture from Saratoga Springs, NY, New England Environmental from Amherst, MA, and Griffiths Engineering from Binghamton.
Input from this workshop will help each community to develop long-term community recovery strategies designed to strengthen neighborhoods and businesses, while reducing future flood damage. Attendees will also discuss recovery and revitalization needs still outstanding from the September 2011 flood in their communities, but will aid in the development of the strategy.
This project is coordinated through the Tioga County Department of Economic Development and Planning and funded through a grant from the NYS Department of State Office of Communities and Waterfronts.