During the past fifty, sixty or seventy years there have been numerous floods along the Saw Mill River –impacting residents of Babbitt Court, businesses in N Elmsford. Everytime there is a heavy rain – the businesses lose significant revenue and suffer extraordinary property damages.
The US Army Corp of Engineers has spent significant dollars over the decades –hundreds of thousands of dollars, maybe more—studying, studying, studying and restudying the problem. We don’t need studies. We need action!
A number of years ago the town was able to secure a federal grant to put homes located on Babbitt Court on stilts. That helped reduce property damage on Babbitt Court—but did not solve the flooding problem. It’s unlikely that the federal government will fund the flood control initiatives that are needed. They, like everyone else, are facing budget problems.
The town is now soliciting bids from consultants to come up with a plan so that the town could implement small scale flood relief improvements. Years ago the town created a special taxing district for the N Elmsford area. Any funds the town spends to mitigate the problem will come from the TIF district, not from taxpayers who live outside the immediate area.
The US Army Corp of Engineers and NYS DEC will be reviewing the recommendations. A small scale flood improvement project(s) won’t solve the flooding problem but it will reduce flooding. Recommendations could include a plan of action to remove debris, obstructions, bridges along the parkway.
For a copy of the RFP please take a look at the town website: www.greenburghny.com (RFP). A special thank you to Mike Lepre, town engineer, for preparing the RFP-------which will be due in September.
From: Paul Feiner
Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2011 2:51 PM
To: Paul Feiner