Building back a better New York

By Jillian Marshall

November 18, 2013 Updated Nov 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In order to prevent repeated flood devastation, community members brainstormed on how to build a stronger future for the Southern Tier and beyond.

The New York Southern Tier Regional Resiliency Summit met at Binghamton University, as a part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

People of Broome, Tioga and Delaware counties came together to plan for a strong, adaptable future for communities along the Susquehanna River.

"People in these communities along the Susquehanna River realize we've got to do something more than just wait for the next flood," said co-chairman of the Broome County Committee Tim Grippen. "We've gotta make these areas more resilient, we've got to prepare for the next flood, be ready for it."

Members listened to experts in areas like strategic planning, emergency management, and flood plain management.

Grippen said they've learned the two main ways to be flood safe in the future are land and stream management.

"Not moving businesses or housing onto the flood plain, in fact moving them out of it. And stream management you can prepare more streams for larger scale water events," Grippen said.

This group has $30 million from a federal grant to make this area more resilient to flooding.

They hope to submit a plan to use the money by the end of the year.

This program was established to provide rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.