Residents of Babbitt Court have experienced major property losses after storms over the years. Their homes, which border the Saw Mill River, have sometimes been accessible after a storm only by boat. After Hurricane Irene the town was approached by one woman whose property was significantly damaged. She asked the town to apply for a buyout. FEMA authorized the buyout and is requiring the town to post this public notice on our website. The town's share of the buyout will be assumed by the property owner, not the taxpayers. This is the 2nd major initiative the town, in cooperation with the federal government, has taken to assist residents of Babbitt Court. In 2004 we received an initial federal grant of $800,000 to uplift 7 homes - enabling the homes to avoid property damages after storms. The town, in cooperation with the village of Elmsford, has also tried to reduce flooding by clearing debris from the Saw Mill River --an initiative we started in 2011.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Acquisition and Demolition of Substantially Damaged Structures
Notification is hereby given to the public of the intent of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding to the Town of Greenburgh in Westchester County, New York.
The proposed project is the voluntary acquisition and demolition of one (1) property. The property was substantially damaged by flood waters from Hurricane Irene on August 27th and 28th, 2011 or Tropical Storm Lee on September 7th and 8th, 2011. The subject property is located within the base, or one percent chance floodplain (also known as the 100-year floodplain) of the Saw Mill River.
The overall purpose of the action is to remove structures from the floodplain and create open space for the restoration and preservation of natural beneficial floodplain functions. The Town of Greenburgh proposes to acquire the property, demolish all structures and grade and seed the parcels. After demolition and site restoration, the property will be maintained in perpetuity as open space. The property owner has agreed to voluntarily participate in this program.
Pursuant to federal Executive Orders 11988 (Floodplain Management) and 11990 (Protection of Wetlands), interested persons may obtain additional information regarding this action by contacting FEMA Region II Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Leo O’Brien Federal Building, 11A Clinton Square, Room 742, Albany, New York 12206-5421. Comments should be submitted in writing at the above address within 15 days of this notice