Owego awarded $1.2 million for flood mitigation

By Perry Russom

January 27, 2014 Updated Jan 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM EST

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York Senators Chuck Schumer (D) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D) have announced that more than $1.2 million will be headed to Owego to deal with flood mitigation.

Owego's Mayor Kevin Millar said the money will go toward helping 27 homeowners get their houses raised off of the ground and out of the way of future floods.

"It's extremely important if you want these communities to survive," said Millar. "People can only get flooded so many times before they give up."

The houses that will be raised are in the village's flood zone and were damaged by rising water in 2006 and 2011.

"Owego endured some of the very worst of back-to-back extreme weather - costing us farmland and crops, destroying homes, businesses, roads and bridges," said Gillibrand.

Millar says this is just the first step in what Owego needs to do to deal with their flooding problems.

These funds are just a portion of the hazard mitigation money Owego has applied for.

Millar said the village is going to need a lot more money to get what they need done.

As for when homeowners can expect to see their houses off of the ground and out of harms way, Millar says a timeline for construction has not been set up yet.

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