CONGRESSMAN JOE MORELLE CALLS FOR FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE PACKAGE TO INCLUDE LONG-TERM INVESTMENT FOR GREAT LAKES FLOOD MITIGATION
(Rochester, NY) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle called for federal action to better protect communities along the Great Lakes from rising water levels that threaten severe flooding in Monroe County and beyond. In a letter to House leadership, Rep. Morelle called for any infrastructure agreement reached by the president and Congress to include a comprehensive plan to strengthen the resiliency of the Great Lakes coast line and make significant investments to support the recommendations advanced by the Army Corps of Engineers.
“Communities along the shoreline, like mine, have become increasingly vulnerable to flooding due to the combined influence of increased seasonal rain, coastal storms, development and population growth, and the rise in lake water levels,” said Rep. Morelle. “We can no longer afford to wait and react –that’s why I have sent a letter to House leadership calling for long-term planning and investment that will improve our community's ability to withstand, recover, and adapt to these weather-related events.”
Currently, the Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of conducting a Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency study that would help develop an infrastructure investment strategy for coastal communities. As the President and Congressional leaders work towards a federal infrastructure package, Rep. Morelle believes any agreement must make investments that support the recommendations of the Army Corps and provide long-term planning and mitigation efforts for lakeside communities.
“The next flooding event is not a matter of if, but when,” continued Rep. Morelle. “It is critical that we develop a comprehensive plan and corresponding investment to strengthen the resiliency of our coastal communities and manage the impacts of climate change on our lakes.”
The letter sent by Rep. Morelle to House leadership is attached.