LARCHMONT, N.Y. – As hurricane season approaches, Larchmont resident Patricia Dana wanted to know if her neighborhood’s previous flooding issues were in the thoughts of town officials.
“It has gone on for so many years, that it is difficult to recall where the village and town are in developing and executing a process for remediation of this serious problem,” she said in an email.
Dana has been dealing with flooding issues in the Pine Brook neighborhood since she moved to Howard Street 21 years ago, but didn’t realize the severity of it until 2007, when a nor’easter hit the village, causing what she said was up to 8 feet of water in some of her neighbors’ basements. Then, in 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused similar damage.
“This has been caused by nor'easter-type rain, when combined with high tide, causes the pine brook, now in a pipe under the drive named after it, to back up,” Dana wrote in an email. “In the past five to seven years, the area has been a FEMA disaster zone twice; most recently last year, after Tropical Storm Irene, and before that, four to five years ago.”
Town officials have been working on forming a plan for the area, and those who have suffered years of severe flooding in the Pine Brook neighborhood may finally see some help. However, money is a key factor in finding the solution.
“This is what we consider a capital project,” said Larchmont Mayor Anne McAndrews. “This is going to cost at least $2.3 million, and that’s the village’s share.”
McAndrews recently met with George Oros, chief of staff for Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, to discuss the issues of Pine Brook Drive and surrounding roads. Funding will be a major component, but McAndrews said the county is becoming increasingly involved with the project.
“It is a big project and we’ve gotten some good information,” McAndrews said.
The village will begin by working with engineers from Woodard and Curran to develop a plan for the project. Then the village must perform a review to make sure the project is environmentally sound and obtain permits. After those steps are complete, the village will begin looking for funding.
“We are doing everything we can to make this come to fruition,” McAndrews said.
The village conducted two studies in the Pine Brook neighborhood between 2007 and 2008. The studies included cost estimates for fixing the flooding and the various circumstances that lead to water backing up in the area. Some factors include the low-lying level of the area and the heavy runoff from Beechmont Lake in New Rochelle.
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