Helming stated her legislation established a new flood recovery grant program in response to the historic flooding affecting communities across the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

State Sen. Pam Helming, R-Canandaigua, announced Thursday $45 million in state funds will go to homeowners, businesses and others for recovery from flood and storm damage.

Helming stated the state funds through her legislation established a new flood recovery grant program in response to the historic flooding affecting communities across the southern shore of Lake Ontario. The grant will go to eligible homeowners, small businesses, farms, owners of multiple dwellings, homeowners associations, non-profit corporations, and municipalities. It also provides storm damage relief for Monroe County as a result of a severe windstorm that occurred in March.

The legislation covers flood damage sustained from Jan. 1 through Aug. 1, 2017 and includes flooding from Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Seneca Lake, the Seneca River, the Oswego River, the Oneida River, Oneida Lake, and Cross Lake. Owners of residences will be eligible to receive grants up to $50,000. Owners of non-primary residences with an annual income of less than $275,000 are also eligible.

Owners of multiple dwellings will be eligible for grants of up to $20,000, while small businesses, farms, homeowners associations, and nonprofit corporations will be eligible for grants of up to $50,000.

Counties, cities, towns, villages, and special districts are eligible to receive up to $1 million per grant for flood-related repairs and restoration and up to $500,000 per grant for flood mitigation.

The legislation also establishes a grant program of $2 million for municipalities and special districts in Monroe County for direct, physical storm-related damages as a result of a severe storm that occurred in March.