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Homeowners along Lake Ontario will have to act quickly if they want piece of $20M recovery funds

Up to $20 million is now available for home owners along the Lake Ontario shoreline who suffered flooding damages in 2019. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Homeowner Recovery Program this week. Primary residences can get up to $50,000 in state funding, if eligible, to help rebuild and reconstruct.

“A lot of people are looking forward to this,” says Wayne Knox, President of the Beattie Beach Association. He says the damage to his home is largely cosmetic, but his neighbors along the shoreline were slammed last season.

“So they’re making a whole priority scale here to make sure that the people who were hit the hardest…(the) most impacted…get first priority.”

Even with recovery funding in 2017, home owner Anthony Reale is thankful it came again. “We’re happy that they’re doing something. We thought they weren’t going to do anything this time around.”

“We’re pleased,” says Douglas Dobson, President of the Crescent Beach Association. He had his concrete break wall completely smashed by waves in July. Dobson says he’s likely covered for those repairs. He’s just hoping the allotted money can cover everyone.

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