Oneida County has paid more than $600,000 to a dozen municipalities to help in their clean-up efforts from the July 2017 flooding.

Last summer, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente announced he was allocating $500,000  at a 50/50 match to assist with the municipal clean-up.

Picente also set $2 million aside for municipal flood mitigation plans and $250,000 of that has been distributed through the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

“When tragedy struck last summer, our local emergency crews and governments  sprung to action to ensure that our residents were safe and life could get back to normal as quickly as possible,” Picente said. “I wanted to do everything in my power to assist that process, and was happy to make $2.75 million available to ease the burden of our residents, businesses and municipalities as they recovered from the damage inflicted by devastating flood waters and to devise plans to prevent further occurrences. I am happy to see that, along with the Board of Legislators, we were able to help so many municipalities in their clean-up efforts and to actually go above and beyond what was originally pledged.”

The county funding was used by municipalities for clearing debris from roadways and stormwater conveyances, blacktopping and fixing damaged pipes.