Based on a release from the office of Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers
A hard driving rain that filled many a local basement on Monday, May 3 was a fitting prop to the signing of a $6.1 million flood control agreement in Mamaroneck Village between federal, state and county agencies.
Among those witnessing the signing was U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who helped obtain federal funding for the project; Westchester County Legislator Judy Myers; Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Valerie O’Keeffe; and Mamaroneck Village Mayor Norman Rosenblum.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will undertake a study to re-examine options for controlling flows from the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River drainage basins that are the source of flooding in Mamaroneck Village. The Army Corps will partner with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Westchester County.
The study will re-evaluate a flood mitigation project originally authorized in 1986 but never started because of its cost. In the meantime, changes in the rivers’ flows and environment have made another study necessary before forging ahead with such a project.
The first draft of the Corps of Engineers’ report is expected to be completed after 30 months, half-way through the five-year process.
While eliminating flooding entirely may not be possible, Ms. Myers said the re-evaluation of the drainage basin signals an important step in ultimately reducing the impact of flooding on Mamaroneck.
The study will explore ways of reducing the risk of flooding in the Village of Mamaroneck through identifying a recommended plan, completing an environmental impact statement and preparing specifications for the first construction contract. Construction will require new funding approvals, and a new agreement with the state.
“This is a terrific milestone in what has been a long and arduous journey to find funding for and solutions to Mamaroneck’s ongoing flooding problems,” Legislator Myers said.