It’s may not be news to folks in Suffern who’ve kept tabs on such things, but it could be years before the Army Corps of Engineers, along with the states of New York and New Jersey, approve a multi-prong effort to keep the Mahwah River at bay.
The year 2013 was a date that Gerald Levitus, president of the Squire’s Gate homeowners association, recalled of a potential construction start-up, and that may not take into consideration the long list of projects that could come out of this year’s massive flooding in the Midwest.
The Army Corps of Engineers Web site shows that a Mahwah-Ramapo river project, based on a 1990 design, would cost $23 million in today’s money.
State Sen. Thomas Morahan, R-New City, has pledged New York’s cooperation and contribution to funding â€” both New York and New Jersey must sign off on any project, as well as Suffern and Ramapo â€” and he organized a meeting last week of interested local, federal and state officials to discuss the situation.
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I wrote a story for Sunday’s paper on a group of West Nyack residents and businessmen who came up with some largescale solutions to eliminate flooding on Route 59. In the story, I mentioned some “choke points” they described. Basically, it’s where railroad trestles, culverts or bridges could be widened and/or heightened to allow more water to flow underneath during a storm. Here’s a graphic with specific locations that didn’t make it into the paper:
If you want to read the story, you can find it here.
By the way, just a reminder that the meeting on flooding issues in Clarkstown is still on for Thursday, Sept. 20 at Clarkstown Town Hall at 1 p.m. The meeting is open to the public so anyone else with flooding concerns is encouraged to talk about them there!
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U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-Bronx) met today with the new state DEC (Department of Environmental Conservation) commissioner, Alexander ‘Pete’ Grannis. On the agenda: flooding in Rockland and flood-control projects in Clarkstown and Ramapo.
Engel had a similar meeting last month with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the flood-control progjects, asking them to move foward on them, particularly Squires Gate.
Engel served in the state Assembly way back when with Grannis. Engel said his friend “promised to quickly review several flood control projects in Clarkstown and Ramapo that are pending.”
The Army Corps had told Engel that the Squires Gate project needed state approval before they could do their thing; Grannis promised to review it asap.
Other projects Engel spoke to Grannis about:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Cranford Drive flood amelioration
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Elks Drive channel realignment projects
If you live in any of these areas, let us know what you think about the congressman’s efforts and how you fared in the recent storm.
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