US Senator Chuck Schumer has announced $20 million in funding for the US Army Corps of Engineers to make critical repairs to the breakwall protecting homes and businesses around Sodus Bay in Wayne County.
Officials say the repairs are needed on deteriorated sections of the east breakwall to ensure the bay, the channel, and shorelines are adequately protected.
“I visited Lake Ontario in the wake of far too many floods that devastated the homes, businesses, and families of the community, and promised I would not stop fighting until Great Sodus Bay received the funding it desperately needed to restore its aging breakwalls and barriers,” Schumer said. “This $20 million is the down payment Lake Ontario communities have desperately needed to make critical repairs to the deteriorating east breakwall to stop devastating floods like those that have been plaguing the community for years.”
Dave McDowell, Mayor of the Village of Sodus Point, welcomed the funding, saying it will “assure the safety of many homes and businesses around the bay”. Schumer promised to continue fighting for the project to be completed and ensure the protection of the Lake Ontario tourism industry and homes. “I will continue to fight tooth and nail to see this project through to completion to ensure Lake Ontario tourism industry and homes are protected and that residents have peace of mind they deserve,” he said.
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