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Trump approves disaster aid for Lake Ontario flooding

November 14, 2017
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer says counties along Lake Ontario will be eligible for federal recovery aid after President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for shoreline flooding from May until August.

The declaration issued Tuesday includes Niagara, Orleans, Wayne, Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. But it omits two lakefront counties, Monroe and Cayuga. Schumer said he'll push to get the same designation and support for them.

A news release from the White House said federal funding will be available to the state and local governments and certain non-profit organizations for repair of facilities damaged by flooding.

Lake Ontario rose 30 inches from April through May, reaching a record high level. Wind-driven waves pounded the shoreline, causing widespread damage to infrastructure, homes and businesses.



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