MAMARONECK, N.Y. - As rain fell on Mamaroneck's flood-prone areas Friday, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers updated local officials on what measures it may take to mitigate flooding and when a decision will be made.
Although there is no indication of what will be done, the Army Corp is expected to make that decision by mid 2014, Norman Rosenblum, mayor of the Village of Mamaroneck, told The Mamaroneck Daily Voice .
"It was an update as to the different scenarios that are available to the village.," Rosenblum said. "We at least have an end in sight."
The Mamaroneck and Sheldrake rivers, which converge at Columbus Park, are the driving factor in the village's flood problems. The confluence has caused severe flooding and damage to properties along Mamaroneck Avenue and the flats neighborhood during the 2007 nor'easter and hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
The Army Corps is conducting a 30-month study of Westchester's flooding problems.
"I believe there's potential that finally, if the village commits itself along with the other levels of government, we can actually address the majority of sites in the Village of Mamaroneck that flood," Rosenblum said. "It could have a significant impact on the future of the village as far as flooding is concerned."
In addition to flooding, riverbank erosion and habitat loss result from storms like Irene and Sandy. The degraded environment has an adverse effect on the general well-being of the watershed.
“I will continue to urge my colleagues in Congress to fully fund this project, and other regional efforts to ease the flooding problems Westchester residents have endured for far too long,” Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) said in a statement.
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