The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation says several municipalities in Herkimer County are receiving grant funding for flood mitigation projects.

The Town of German Flatts and the Villages of Ilion and Frankfort, which were ravaged by flooding in June and July of 2013, will now have the ability to pay for the design phase of five major projects.

"This is a great example of Governor Cuomo's efforts to help communities become more resilient and avert future tragedies. These communities were hard hit by storms with devastating effects, and with these grants local residents are taking action to protect against future storms," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

The five projects will address flood vulnerabilities in key locations along Fulmer Creek, Steele Creek and Moyer Creek.

The funded projects are the result of $16 million provided through the Hurricane Irene-Tropical Storms Lee grant program administered by the DEC and Empire State Development.