Town Provides Information on Flooding

By on August 9, 2018

Reilich Provides Detailed Information to Saint Lawrence River Board New President Diane Kuehn 

Supervisor Bill Reilich was joined by United Shoreline members Tim Smith and Frank Panczyszyn, Orleans County Legislator Ken DeRoller, incoming International Ontario – Saint Lawrence River Board President Diane Kuehn, and Diane Kuehn’s associate from Cornell, Roy Widrig to discuss flooding events in the Town of Greece in recent years.

The purpose of the meeting was to provide Diane Kuehn with detailed information regarding experiences Town of Greece residents and businesses have had in recent years with flooding events. Diane Kuehn will be replacing current International Ontario – Saint Lawrence River Board President Frank Sciremammano.

Topics of discussion included damages that flooding caused last year for water front residents and businesses, the response from the Governor, resident experiences with Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation, and the proactive steps the Town of Greece has taken to assist residents and advocate for financial support on their behalf.

Supervisor Reilich brought Diane Kuehn to Goodwin Park at 15 Long Pond Road in Greece to begin a tour to show her the physical implications IJC Plan 2014 has caused. They walked along the shoreline and talked about the enormous number of sand bags that were needed to combat the waves, explained the intricacies of the bladder system that was used to limit flooding damages, explained the different ways in which residents were creating berm structures to try to prevent property damages, and about the new procedures that have been set in place by the Town of Greece to combat future flooding events.

They travelled to 2050 Edgemere Drive, which is the home of Greece resident Joe Burgio who was greatly impacted by last year’s flooding events. They took a tour of his property and were able to see all the damages that had been done. They also saw other properties who had break wall damages, structural damages, and interior complications caused by stagnant waters. Following that tour, attendees traveled to Cranberry Pond, the area that experienced severe flooding due to the overflow of Lake Ontario. Throughout the tour stories of residents who have suffered as a result of the flooding and the decisions made by the IJC Board were relayed.

“I am optimistic that Diane Kuehn will be presenting her notes and relaying Town of Greece resident and business experiences to the International Ontario – Saint Lawrence River Board. I will continue meeting with officials on relevant boards and in every level of government to advocate for our water front residents and businesses,” Reilich said.

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