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July 11, 2013

Flood had little effect on town

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Town of Lockport was largely unaffected by the June 28 flooding, officials said this week.

But that doesn’t mean workers had some extra work to do. Or that some residents needed help.

At Monday’s work session, town officials estimated less than two dozen homes had to be pumped out. But the five fire companies assisted with the other companies helping out the city on June 28, which saw more than 600 homes pumped out.

Councilman Mark C. Crocker, who called the flood historic, on Monday said a total of 5.35 inches of rain fell in four hours. A 100-year storm is classified as one that drops 3 inches of rain in six hours or 4.6 inches of rain over 24 hours, Crocker said.

”We got exceptional rain that day,” he said.

At Wednesday’s regular meeting, the Town Board thanked workers for their efforts on June 28.

Also on Wednesday night, board members approved a resolution allowing Supervisor Marc R. Smith to sign an agreement accepting Safe Routes To School funding.

The town, along with the city and school district of Lockport, are the recipients of a $570,219 Safe Routes To School grant. The grant will pay for new sidewalks along East High Street between Magnolia to Day Road, Locust Street from O’Connor Drive to George Southard Elementary School.

Unrelated to the grant, Walmart is funding the addition of sidewalks between Lockport High School, O’Connor and Shimer Drive, while the state DOT will put in sidewalks along Robinson and Dysinger roads.

In the city, sidewalks will be added near North Park Junior High on Passaic Avenue, Emmet Belknap Intermediate and Roy B. Kelley Elementary on East High Street.

The idea is to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bike to school. The city and town will front the cost and bid the work out, so there’s no expense for the district. Both municipalities will be reimbursed.

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