Camping to Return to Owego’s Hickories Park
The repair work is continuing at the flood-damaged Hickories Park in the town of Owego. Camp sites at the park should be ready for use this spring.
The park's been open for limited use after initial repairs were completed following the 2011 flood.
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, Owego town supervisor Donald Castellucci said electric service should be restored in the park within a month.
Castellucci said water and sewer work should be done soon.
The park's opening now is set for April 15. It will be closed September 9 to allow for work at the entrance. The temporary park entrance will remain in use through September.
The carry in-carry out trash program at the park will remain in effect for now. That means park users should be prepared to take anything they bring into the park out when they leave.
Castellucci said the repairs at the Hickories Park will be expensive. Some of the costs are expected to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Castellucci said the town will spend "well over a million dollars" to cover flood-related expenses. He said the bridge at the entrance will cost more than $600,000 and the electrical work will be over $400,000.
The town supervisor indicated the efforts to obtain assistance from FEMA are taking longer than anticipated.
The town of Owego also is hoping to receive some federal to help repair flood-related damage to its sewage treatment plant.