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Lake Ontario Flood Recovery

Helping Homeowners and Municipalities Recover from Flood Damage along the Lake Ontario Coastline - Updated

To expedite repairs and the construction of shoreline stabilization projects, Governor Cuomo declared a disaster emergency on May 2, 2017 in counties impacted by spring flooding along the Lake Ontario Coastline: Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne.

To aid in relief and recovery efforts, New York State is providing $22 million in assistance for homeowners, businesses and municipalities. From restoring roads, floodwalls and public water infrastructure to assisting small businesses with physical damage to providing New Yorkers with the help they need to repair their homes, these targeted programs are delivering relief to New York families across the entire Lake Ontario region.

$7 Million Available for Homeowners Impacted by Flooding

New York State Homes and Community Renewal will make available up to $7 million in state funding for homeowners along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in the aftermath of the extreme weather and severe flooding in the region. The new investment program will provide up to $40,000 for homeowners to support interior and exterior repairs to structural damage caused by flooding, as well as the repair or replacement of permanent fixtures.

For more information about eligibility and program parameters, read the Lake Ontario Home Owner Recovery Assistance Program Fact Sheet.


For Homeowners:

The program will be administered through not-for profit housing organizations seeking to help homeowners affected by the flooding. Homeowners seeking assistance are encouraged to contact the not-for-profit organizations that have already expressed interest in serving as program participants to determine eligibility and ask questions about the program. Those organizations are listed below, along with their contact information and the areas they intend to serve:

Cayuga, Monroe and Wayne Counties 

Sheen Housing

Orleans County


Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties

Neighbors Of Watertown, Inc.

Niagara County

Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.


Homeowners may also contact the HCR Office of Community Renewal to express interest by contacting or calling 518-474-2057.

For Municipalities and Not-for-Profit Organizations:


$5 Million in Small Business Grants For New Yorkers Impacted By Lake Ontario Flooding

Empire State Development will make available up to $5 million in grants for small businesses that have experienced physical damage as a result of the flooding in communities along Lake Ontario. Small business owners are encouraged to contact Empire State Development with questions at or calling (518) 292-5348.

For more information about eligibility and program parameters, read Lake Ontario Small Business Recover Fund Fact Sheet.



$10 Million to Repair Roads, Floodwalls and Public Water Infrastructure

New York State Homes and Community Renewal will make available up to $10 million in state funding available to assist eligible local municipalities ​​with recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure. ​​Eligible municipalities are encouraged to contact the HCR Office of Community Renewal with questions at or calling 518-474-2057.


Providing Assistance to Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River Communities