9/9/2009 2:18:21 PM



Flood mitigation projects in Mamaroneck and Rye will be among the first projects to receive funding from a Flood Action Plan aimed at reducing the local impact of severe storms.  County Legislator Judy Myers (D-Larchmont) announced that the County Board  approved at its meeting on September 8 the allocation of $4.5 million to fund four flood mitigation projects in the county.


Two of the four projects approved were for the Sound Shore area that Myers represents. They include Gardens Lake in the Town of Mamaroneck and the Bowman Avenue Dam, serving Rye and Rye Brook.  The other projects selected for the first round of funding are located in Scarsdale and Tarrytown. Federal and local funds will also help to finance these flood-mitigation projects.


“I applaud my fellow legislators for having the wisdom to prioritize the funding for these critically important projects,” said Myers who as a member of the Flood Action Task Force pushed hard for the Sound Shore projects’ inclusion in the first round of funding. “We cannot eliminate all flooding but the technology exists to mitigate much of the flooding and the loss of private and public property that major storms such as the 2007 one can so quickly cause.”


The Flood Action Plan calls for the county to allocate $10 million a year for the next five years to make the county a safer, dryer place. The job of the Flood Action Task Force, also formed in the wake of the devastating Nor-easter of April 2007, is to study and recommend steps to reduce flooding in the county.


Myers said the memory of the devastation of the 2007 storm remains a forceful and ever-present reminder that an aggressive course of flood-mitigation efforts is essential. She said the Task Force will continue to evaluate the flood mitigation projects submitted for consideration by municipalities throughout Westchester.


 “I look forward to continuing this program so that all impacted municipalities can be helped,” she said.