Some businesses/homeowners who live/work near the Saw Mill River Parkway and Bronx River Parkway have suffered numerous floods this past year. I stopped by at some property owners who live off of the Bronx River Parkway this morning and they asked if they could be bought out. I received similar calls from property owners in N Elmsford yesterday. I will be reaching out to our Congressional representatives and will ask if that option could be explored.
We can’t depend on one option AND we don’t want to only point fingers at other levels of government. The town has invited consultants to look at the problem and to help us come up with small initiative/action steps that the town can take to help reduce flooding in these two sections of town. We hope to approve the contract with one of the consultants within the next few weeks—hopefully sooner rather than later. And, also would like to implement some affordable recommendations that could help reduce the degree of flooding by taking some actions steps on our own. But, the flooding problems off the Bronx River and Saw Mill River Parkway require partnerships between the federal/state/county/local governments and significant dollars –money that the town does not have on our own.
Some residents who reside off of Old Kensico Road mentioned that they never experienced the severe flooding they are living with in previous years. A few people wondered if the road work on 287 and the work the county is doing on the Bronx River Parkway is contributing to the severe flooding this year. Last nights rain storm caused significant property damages.