ALBANY - The towns of Keene, Jay and Black Brook will receive interest-free loans for repairs to sewer and water systems damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.
The loans were doled out by the state Environmental Facilities Corporation through the Hurricane Emergency Loan Program. In all, about $11.2 million has been announced for communities devastated by flooding earlier this year.
Jay and Black Brook will receive $1 million loans to repair a water main that crosses the AuSable River. Additionally, Jay's water treatment plant needs to be rebuilt at a new location, and a second water distribution main in Black Brook must be replaced.
The town of Keene will get a loan totalling nearly $240,000 to repair a water main that was damaged after a bridge washed out.
EFC President Matt Driscoll said in a press release that HELP loans can be processed quickly after on-site inspections of damaged infrastructure.
"Local governments need immediate cash to pay contractors and complete repairs and EFC is working diligently to complete this process as quickly as possible," he said.
Binghamton will receive an $850,000 loan to repair its storm and waste water system and its water filtration plant. The nearby town of Owego will get a $1 million loan, and the village of Owego will receive a $500,000 loan.
Other municipalities receiving $1million loans are Endicott (Broome County), Cornwall (Orange County), Lloyd (Ulster County), Schoharie (Schoharie County), Granville (Washington County) and Ellenville (Ulster County).
The village of Monticello (Sullivan County) will receive a $690,000 loan.