Flooding at Shandaken, Hardenburgh will be topic at meeting

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By Jay Braman Jr.
Meetings are being held in the region about the New York Rising Storm Recovery Program.
On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Belleayre Ski Center, state officials will be on hand to discuss and take comments on the program that was developed in the wake of tropical storms Irene and Lee in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

“The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several storm-recovery initiative and was established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by the three storms”, state officials wrote about the program.
State officials have promised to provide up to $3 million per community for recovery projects and up to $9 million for projects being carried out jointly by communities. The projects are being planned by committees selected by state officials.

Saturday’s session will be hosted by the towns of Shandaken and Hardenburgh NY Rising Community Planning Committee. Six million dollars are available to the towns through the program. Projects are now being designed to make both towns more resilient to future flood events and provide economic benefits for both.

While there are some plans already, no decisions have been made yet and officials are hoping for new ideas and for feedback on those already under consideration.
Another meeting is set for Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m. at Shandaken Town Hall, state Route 28, Allaben.