Onondaga Creek

Final approvals are falling into place for an attraction at the convergence of the city’s Onondaga Creekwalk and the county’s Loop the Lake trail.  Syracuse Common Councilors Monday approved $500,000 toward the Onondaga Lake Lounge project, at the end of the creekwalk near Destiny USA. 

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Some Syracuse residents who find themselves in a recently designated flood zone near Onondaga Creek might be in for some relief under a revamped National Flood Insurance Program. Residents have been concerned since the flood maps were redrawn, forcing mostly low-income residents to buy flood insurance.

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About 50 Central New York eighth graders are spending the week conducting experiments and other field work as they learn about the region’s watershed.

FEMA Flood Zones Continue to Raise Flood Insurance Questions

Oct 3, 2016

Concerned residents on Syracuse's south side say there are still too many unanswered questions about who will have to pay for flood insurance.  FEMA added 876 new properties to the flood zone along Onondaga Creek in August, and that means  homeowners will soon have to start paying up to $2,000 a year.  Syracuse United Neighbors Executive Director Rich Puchalski says recent meetings haven’t been helpful.

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  About 150 families in Syracuse could find out in the next few weeks if they’ll have to pony up as much as $1200-a-year for flood insurance…even though the city doesn’t think they’re in any danger of a flood.