Tonawanda News — Ortt said while the concept is in its infancy, with exact figures still being ascertained, early research indicates that the purchasing the generators for the hardest hit areas will cost in the range of $250,000 to $300,000.
He believes the investment would help alleviate some flooding in the city’s harder hit areas on Nash and Walck roads, Erie Avenue and Meadow Drive, adding that North Tonawanda has been hit with the same issue twice in the last several months.
“There has to be steps we can take to try and mitigate severe weather,” Ortt said. “It seems it’s becoming the norm.”
Ortt said the recent weather could also open up a conversation among council members regarding the city’s aged infrastructure — with antiquated clay water and sewer lines, some more than 100 years old, encompassing most of its capabilities. While the council has broached the topic in recent months, a blueprint is far from in place.
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