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Auburn gets $1.3M to repair culvert damage

Auburn is set to receive a federal grant exceeding $1.3 million to mend a culvert impaired by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred in 2021. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding, which aims to finance 90% of the Burgess Street Wood Brook culvert replacement, under a major disaster declaration approved by President Joe Biden for Cayuga County.

The culvert, constructed in 1977, spans from Chapman Avenue to Columbus and Genesee streets intersection. Damage includes separation from the concrete headwall and clogging risks that lead to flooding and sinkholes. The Auburn City Council had previously sought federal assistance through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant program for the $1.45 million project.

Mayor Jimmy Giannettino expressed gratitude towards the federal support, emphasizing the importance of upgrading the city’s infrastructure to withstand future storms. The funding will alleviate flooding risks to nearby neighborhoods and a school, ensuring the community’s safety.