Anthony J. Picente Jr. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Oneida County pays more than $600,000 to 12 municipalities for July 2017 flood cleanup

Published Aug 9, 2018 at 4:00pm

Oneida County has paid more than $600,000 to 12 municipalities to assist in their clean-up efforts from the flooding of July 2017, County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr. announced.

The total amount paid for municipal clean-up now stands at $608,674.74, after the county Board of Legislators approved a transfer of an additional $108,674.74 at its meeting last month, according to the announcement.

The county funding was used by municipalities for efforts such as clearing debris from roadways and stormwater conveyances, blacktopping and fixing damaged pipes. The municipalities included Utica, Kirkland, Marcy, Marshall, Town of New Hartford, Village of New Hartford, Paris,Trenton, Westmoreland, Whitestown, Oriskany Falls and Whitesboro.

Picente last summer had announced he was allocating $500,000 at a 50/50 match to assist with municipal clean-up efforts following flood damage that struck the area in the first week of July 2017.

Picente also set $2 million aside for municipal flood mitigation plans and $250,000 that has since been distributed through the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties to aid individuals and businesses in their recoveries, his announcement said.

Picente said he was “happy to see that, along with the Board of Legislators, we were able to help so many municipalities in their clean-up efforts and to actually go above and beyond what was originally pledged.”

Whitestown Town Supervisor Shaun Kaleta said “as we continue to experience more extreme weather events, and unfortunately, the devastating destruction that often results, small communities, like Whitestown, are faced with a tremendous burden that is difficult to address alone.” The county and Picente “understand our needs and challenges, and have committed much-welcomed resources and assistance....,” he added.