May 12, 2021

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Following major flooding events, construction to begin on state-led project in Cape Vincent

Ground breaking has been announced for the first of seven projects awarded to the Village of Cape Vincent.

On Tuesday, The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced the start of construction of a Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative Project in Cape Vincent. This project follows high-water flooding events that took place in 2017 and 2019.

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This first project will help upgrade Cape Vincent’s Market Street sanitary sewer system, as during these flooding events, the system was subjected to increased external water pressure, leading to sewage backups.

According to the DEC, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI) Commission awarded Cape Vincent $705,000 to upgrade the sewage collection system; ultimately aiming to mitigate sewer backups in basement, damage to the lift station pumps and reduce increased pumping and treatment costs.

“By making strategic investments through REDI, New York State is proactively improving vulnerable infrastructure to protect New Yorkers and community assets from future high water events,” stated DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

“Through Governor Cuomo’s REDI program, at-risk infrastructure is being reimagined to protect these assets from future flooding, enhance public safety, protect the environment, and safeguard communities along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Rive

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