LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York's Senior Senator will be in Lockport Tuesday to tour the damage caused by last week's severe flooding. Senator Chuck Schumer is fighting for federal aid for the city, which sustained $7.2 million in damage.
Last week, some parts of Lockport had up to a foot in flooding. Tuesday Schumer came to town to push for federal recovery money he says the city deserves.
Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker said, "Never seen weather like this before, never seen rain like this before. It caused a lot of destruction, a lot of heartache to a lot of our residents."
Tucker issued a driving ban last week, after the city was overwhelmed with water. The containment system backed up, overflowing onto roads and blowing off several manhole covers.
Tucker had said, "There's several hundred homes inundated with water, a lot of water, and a lot of those homes never saw water before."
Schumer is in Lockport to tour the damage caused by the flooding. Schumer will tour the waste water treatment plant, which was swamped by the influx of water. Schumer will also head to the Wide Waters Restaurant and Marina, which sustained over $300,000 in damage.
Wide Waters Co-owner Martin Oliveri said, "Geez it was up to my knees, a foot and a half, two feet. It's high."
In order for Lockport to receive any federal aid for last week's flooding, the city must be added to a federal emergency declaration list. Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo issued 15 emergency declarations across the state, Schumer hopes his visit will add Lockport to the list.
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