in Review interprets Larchmont history year by year.
Larchmonters speak for themselves through news reports, pictures,
and official documents.
MEETING SET FOR HOME OWNERS TO PROTEST FLOODS
Be Held At 3:00 PM Saturday At Weaver Street Firehouse;
All Sufferers From The High Water Invited To Attend.
governing bodies are liable for the property damage
inflicted by the “flash floods” of the
last few years, according to a statement issued today
by Julien Elfenbein, chairman of the flood committee
of the Larchmont Gardens Asspcoation, which will sponsor
a mass meeting for flood sufferers at 3:00 PM Saturday
at the Weaver Street Firehouse.
water here is due not so much to an “Act of
God” as to “acts of human stupidity,”
declared the statement, which was issued after a meeting
of the steering committee for the mass gathering of
citizens Saturday afternoon.
homeowners met at Mr. Elfenbein’s home at 47
West Brookside Drive, Town, last night to prepare
an agenda for the mass meeting. And other taxpayers
interested in health protection are invited to attend,
Mr. Elfenbein declared. His statement follows:
the most simple minded among us know that rain is
an “Act of God” as local officials constantly
remind us. But the known facts about the Mamaroneck
“flash floods,” so called, indicate
that the floods are largely "acts of human
every heavy rainfall now brings torrents of floodwaters
rushing through citizens’ sellers and furnace
rooms, even living rooms, carrying garbage, filth,
rats and vermin, backing up through sewers and toilets,
spreading disease and creating untold damage, destruction
and danger that continues for weeks and months after
the flood waters have subsided.
the poorer sections citizens wallow in six and a
half feet of filthy water in their homes and there
will be the breeding place for epidemics of infantile
paralysis and other dread diseases that recognize
no restricted area!
flood conditions have been getting worse every year
since 1936. Floods occur now with almost every rainfall.
They will continue to get worse and more serious.
industrial plants engaged in war production have watched
their products ruined and their plants flooded.
of Civilian Defense orders citizens to clear their
attics for incendiary bomb fighting, but flood sufferers
in this community are storing everything they possess
in the attics and clearing their cellars.
case of fire or actual air raid during one of these
flash floods, hundreds of citizens would be marooned
from any assistance by either air raid wardens or
firefighters unless the firefighters had the same
kind of equipment used by the New York Harbor Fire
say they’re tired of listening to alibis,
buck-passing, and half-baked engineering theories.
They also say they cannot wait for the war to end
the Federal government to do something.
property and health are threatened right now –
today - by the Sheldrake and Mamaroneck river menaces.
Money which could be better used for war bonds is
spent of necessity to repair oil burners, furnaces,
garages, cellars, driveways, floors, to restore
topsoil, gardens, industrial equipment and to meet
local governing bodies have clearly accepted liability
for these last nine floods by spending thousands
of dollars of the taxpayers’ money, and even
federal funds, in futile attempts to alleviate conditions:
building useless walls, erecting dikes, widening
a bridge here, diverting a stream there, a bit of
dredging, and a bit of repairing; but mostly the
money has gone for pumping cellars, hauling out
submerged cars, collecting refuge, repairing streets
and sewers, and settling damage suits out of court.
floods have occurred on these dates: March 19, 1936;
October 20, 1937; July 23, 1938; September 1 and
2, 1938; April 9, 1940; February 8, 1941; July 27,
1942; August 9, 1942, and August 11, 1942.
time is over due for action and it doesn’t
require Army engineers or Federal appropriations
to check the situation. Local homeowners familiar
with the flood situation for many years and in full
possession of all the facts will describe the causes
and cures at the Saturday mass meeting - 3:00 PM
at the Weaver Street Firehouse, Weaver Street and
Edgewood Avenue, Town.
sufferers are guaranteed this time they will get
Discuss this topic in our forums,
or send a letter to the editors.