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Lockport wastewater treatment plant expected to get work today

by TSchmitt
Mon, Jul 8th 2013 09:40 am

It's been more than two full weeks since the rains finally subsided, but we're still talking about the flood that ravaged Lockport, causing more than seven million dollars in damage.

At the end of last week, Mayor Michael Tucker declared a state of emergency for the City of Lockport Wastewater Treatment Plant.

That declaration should help get repairs moving quickly on that site, with contractors expected on West Jackson Street today.

Now that he's had time to reflect on the flood, Tucker said he was impressed with the way local agencies came together to help residents in need.

"It was a great team effort, and you train for these things," Tucker said. "Within 20 minutes, they had the city split into four sections. It gets the adrenaline going, I'll tell you."

As for the flood itself, it dumped five inches of rain quickly on the city and Tucker said he's hoping he'll never see anything like it again.

"They say it was a once in a 100 year event," Tucker said. "I hope they're correct."

There's still plenty to be done, as the city is awaiting word on when an assessment team from FEMA might arrive.


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