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After feeling 'exposed' homeowners are getting their vegetation back

February 26, 2019 11:37 PM

BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) -- After trees were cleared along the Erie Canal, this year families will get some of that vegetation back.  

The New York State Canal Corporation cleared the trees to reduce flooding and protect the embankment. The move angered neighbors, so much so that some areas, including Brighton and Pittsford, stopped in court. 

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However, Brockport allowed the clearing and Tuesday night, families had a chance to see what vegetation was coming in its place. 

"This is something we asked for when all of this began," said Mayor Margay Blackman. "We had certain requests and demands of the Canal Corp."   

Homeowners like Kristine Reed tell News10NBC they feel exposed as no barrier shields their homes. 

"It's hard right now. We see people. It feels like they're walking in our backyard all the time," explained Reed. "I just need to make sure they can get the right kind of trees for my backyard with the water." 

Wanting to do right by homeowners, the Canal Corp is tailoring landscape plans for each homeowner in the affected areas which includes about 170 homes. 

Red Maple trees and Winterberry shrubs are among the native vegetation lined up that homeowners can choose from.

According to the Canal Corp, all plants have the ability to effectively screen for three seasons of the year. 

Families will get to choose bushes for the top of their slopes and trees at the bottom. 

"We are prepared to have that dialogue, meet on-site one-on-one with residents at their own home and talk about the treatments in terms of vegetative screening and embankment screening they will see when we're all done," said John Callaghan, acting executive deputy director with NYS Canal Corp.   

The Canal Corp will spend March developing screening plans, then holding one-on-one meetings with property owners from April through May and then begin installing the vegetative screenings in June through October.  

Families who were unable to attend the meeting Tuesday can schedule a one-on-one meeting about their landscape through the Canal Corp website by clicking here

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