Flood Resiliency program announced in Parma

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PARMA, N.Y. (WHEC) — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced Tuesday the start of construction of a $488,000 resiliency project in the town of Parma.

The funding will be used to contain floodwaters along Wautoma Beach Road, just north of the Lake Ontario State Parkway. The project is the first of three flood mitigation projects awarded to the town, made possible through the State’s Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.

DEC officials say flooding on that road during high water events has created a hazard for the community.

“Our shoreline communities have faced significant challenges in the recent years, highlighting the importance of finding sustainable solutions that boost shoreline resiliency and fight climate change," said Monroe County Executive Adam Bello. "Along Wautoma Beach Road, the devastatingly high levels of Lake Ontario in 2019 not only damaged properties, but also proved to be a clear danger to public safety by preventing emergency vehicles from accessing the neighborhood. I’m grateful to New York State and the Monroe County Resilience and Economic Development Initiative Commission for recognizing the critical needs of the residents of Wautoma Beach Road and for taking action to help protect the long-term health of this lakeshore community and the quality of life of its residents.”

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