More than $36M coming to Southern Tier for flood protection

By Dave Greber

More than $36M coming to Southern Tier for flood protection

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Six projects, totaling more than $36.5 million are slated for the Southern Tier to help prevent future flooding.

The projects are part of the $128 million in plans to help prevent flooding across the state.

Most of the money, 75 percent, will be paid for through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Local municipalities would be responsible for the remaining funds, but could apply for state grants, according to a news release from the governor's office.

Among the projects are $22 million dollars to build a series of earthen channels that will hold flood water in the village of Sidney. The GreenPlain project includes four mitigation areas to protect the village from the Susquehanna River and Weir Creek.

The state will also spend nearly $6.5 million to buy out 73 homes in the village.

Four million dollars will be spent on building flood-resistant homes and other structures in the Exchange Street area of Binghamton.

Another $1.8 million will be spent in Conklin to lower a flood plain.

In the Village of Endicott, $2 million will be spent on making the Huron Campus more flood-resistant, and another $184,000 to turn an abandoned runway at Tri-Cities Airport into flood retention.

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