New grant to make Binghamton flood-resilient

By Megan Carpenter

December 26, 2013 Updated Dec 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton is the recipient of a $48,500 grant from the Hoyt Foundation to help prevent future flooding.

It's the second time they've issued the city a grant. It comes on the heels of a $200,000 grant the city received from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The goal is to help homeowners and businesses comply with city regulations put into place in 2011. The city implemented stronger storm water and landscaping regulations, stepping stones to a more flood-resistant community.

"If a homeowner wanted to pull up their asphalt driveway and put in permeable pavers, we could actually give them $5,000 to offset the cost," said Director of Planning Housing, and Community Development, Tarik Abdelazim.

The city's regulations are in response to mandates from the state of New York to build a community that is less prone to flooding.