New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is creating a commission to find new ways to harden Lake Ontario’s shoreline as federal officials warn this year’s flooding will be worse than 2017’s records.
The Democrat said Wednesday that it appears high water levels are the “new normal” and it would be foolish to keep rebuilding to the same standards. He noted the state committed more than $100 million after 2017’s floods to rebuild communities that are once again facing flood damage.
Cuomo calls the commission the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. He says it will tour hard-hit areas and work with communities to develop shoreline projects to improve flood resistance. Part of the plan is to replenish sand and enhance natural shorelines.
He says legislation will be needed to provide funding for projects.
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