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From the Department of Planning and Economic Development:

Public Meeting on Flood Risk and Levee Safety

(VESTAL, NY) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting a public meeting July 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Smart Energy Building at Binghamton University located at 85 Murray Hill Road in Vestal, New York.

The purpose of this meeting is to present on and discuss the benefits, concerns and risks associated with levee systems in Broome, Chenango, and Tioga counties, along with other flood risk management-related topics like flood mapping and insurance, preparedness and individual measures the public can take to reduce flood risk

Representatives from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be available as owner and operator of many of the flood control facilities in the Southern Tier
Broome County Office of Emergency Services will also be on hand to present information.

Formal presentations start at 7 p.m. to include a question and answer portion, and will be preceded and followed by an open house format in which attendees can visit stations and speak to participating agencies to include FEMA and state and local emergency management.

The twelve levee systems being briefed at this meeting include Northeast Binghamton, Northwest Binghamton, South Binghamton, Endicott, Vestal, Johnson City, Whitney Point and Lisle in Broome County; East Greene, West Greene and Oxford in Chenango County; and Nichols in Tioga County. The levee systems were constructed by the Corps to reduce flood risk and are now operated and maintained by DEC Region 7 with assistance from local municipalities.

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