Catt County gets $706,500 for 2015 flood damages

LITTLE VALLEY — When Cattaraugus County Public Works Commissioner Kathleen Ellis received a check for $706,500, she noted it was in an envelope from the New York State Dormitory Authority.

“The Dormitory Authority?” she asked herself, telling the story during Wednesday’s meeting of the County Legislature’s Public Works Committee.

It turns out the check was for flood damages to county roads and bridges — in 2015.

Mark Burr, Public Works director of engineering, said the county had earlier received reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for other flood damage, but it did not cover county roads built with federal aid. He said it appeared the aid was tied to county roads 4, 12, 27, 29 and 32.

Olean Times Herald

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