Broome County Marks One Year Anniversary Of Tropical Storm Lee Flooding

 (Binghamton, NY) – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today marked the one year anniversary of the Flood resulting from Tropical Storm Lee last September.  She was joined by New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Ken Lynch and Griffiths Engineering President Daniel Griffiths.

Griffiths Engineering was one of the many hard-hit businesses in September 2011, when Flood waters ravaged many areas of Broome County, including the South Washington Street-area, where today’s News Conference took place.

“We are here today to look back at where we were one year ago, and how far we’ve come,” said Broome County Executive Debbie Preston. “Over 20,000 people were evacuated from their homes and businesses and tough decisions had to be made. Griffiths Engineering has rebuilt and reinvested in our community, they are a model for the grit and moxie of Broome County residents.”

“We are committed to our home here in Broome County,” said Griffiths Engineering President Daniel Griffiths. “The flooding of September 2011 proved to be very challenging and certainly tested the spirit of our community, but there was never any doubt that Griffiths Engineering would return to its home in Binghamton.”

“Through collaborative efforts with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and counties throughout the state, DEC and the Empire State Development Corporation allocated $9 million through the Flood Mitigation Grant Program to eligible counties for projects within their boundaries to restore and rehabilitate waterways impacted by the storms for future flood mitigation," noted Ken Lynch, Regional Director for the Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Broome County continues to help homeowners and business owners rebuild from the flood and work to mitigate future flooding by working with the DEC and other organizations by:

·         Providing Grants for affected businesses;

·         An Open House for flood-impacted residents;

·         Pressuring the State and Federal Government to waive asbestos fees, continue funding important detection devises, the removal of islands in our rivers and cleaning of creeks and streams; and

·         Planning a September 26th, 2012 Disaster Preparedness Fair.



09/07/2012 - 4:46pm