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$4.3M Grant Assigned to Bronxville Flooding

Congresswoman Nita Lowey has announced that the village will receive a $4.375M grant to to assist with flooding in the vicinity of Midland Avenue and Pondfield Road near the Bronxville School.

 

Good news for village residents who live in the suspect flood prone areas of the village near the Bronxville School, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland) has announced that Bronxville will be reeiving a grant in the amount of $4.375 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to protect the campus of Bronxville UFSD Campus and
50 other residential properties.

“This federal grant is great news for Bronxville, one of several Westchester communities affected by persistent flooding,” said Lowey in a press release. 

“I have consistently fought for hazard mitigation funding to protect homes, businesses, roads, and infrastructure in our region from the dangers of severe storms and resulting floods,” she continued.

Mayor Mary C. Marvin was pleased that the federal government has seen fit to help the village financially and hopes that this funding will lead to long-term improvement for the Village.

“I can’t thank Congresswoman Nita Lowey enough for her hard work in making this happen and her persistence and special ability to use good arguments with government agencies won the day for Bronxville," stated Mayor Marvin. 

"This project will go a long way in helping to protect our school and its neighbors in times of severe weather, thank you Nita,” she continued.

The federal funding is one of four Hazard Mitigation Grants awarded by FEMA to recipients in New York, Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri. 

The grant will be used to construct a below grade detention storage system, including a network of drains to maintain groundwater levels, allowing the area to be used as a field instead of as a pond. 

A pump station will be constructed to direct storm water runoff from the detention storage system to the Bronx River.

What do you think of the grant award issue to the Village?  Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Mark September 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM
I predict all this money will be wasted. Everyone seems to forget the school was built on a swamp. Hence the name Pondfield Rd. What needs to be done is dredge the Bronx River and its lakes which use to be deep. You can almost walk across Bronxville lake now there is so much silt in it. There are actual Islands forming. The River is very shallow holding hardly any water. The facts are that Lawrence Hospital now has pumps pumping water back into the river to avoid flooding and now the school will do the same. Water seeks its own level and so I predict parts of the village that never flooded will now flood. I hope the village does an environmental impact on what they plan on doing. If we would just dredge the river all our flooding problems will go away.
Josh Semendoff (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I wonder Mark the cost of dredging the river, I would assume very pricey. I do see what your saying though, the problem should be dealt with at its source.
Mark September 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM
They dredged Bronxvillle Lake and parts of the river in the 80's Flooding was not an issue for yours. Why are we ignoring it now?
Agnes Delaney September 14, 2012 at 02:32 PM
so very true, a river should flow and bronx river does not
William W. Renner, Jr. September 14, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Is Brooklands going to share in this grant? Congresswoman Lowey promised us money and then backed away from the promise. Spano and Stuart-Cousins did the same. We need help building a new flood wall and hope FEMA and NY State can do something to help. Bill Renner
JOHN DEMPSEY JR. September 14, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I WISH THEM LUCK , HOWEVER WITH MOTHER NATURE IN THE MIX , I DO NOT THINK IT WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM .ALL OF THE OVER-DEVELOPEMENT OF AREAS AROUND THE RIVER AND NOT DREDGING ON A REGULAR BASIS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM , BUT AS YOU WALK ALONG THE RIVER AT ANY LOCATION YOU WILL NOTICE IF YOU LOOK TO YOUR RIGHT, YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THE GROUND YOU ARE WALKING ON STARTS TO SLOPE UPWARDS . WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT IS ALL NATURAL RIVERBED!PRIOR TO THE BUILDING OF THE KENSICO DAM THE GROUND YOU ARE WALKING ON WAS UNDER WATER TAKING IT"S NATURAL COURSE SO WHEN IT RAINS WHAT YOU ARE WITNESSING IS MOTHER NATURE TAKING THE RIVERBED BACK! THIS IS WHY OUR PARKWAYS ARE ALL NAMED AFTER THE RIVERS AND STREAMS THAT THEY RUN NEXT TO. WHEN YOU CHANGE THE COURSE OF RIVERS TO MAKE ROOM FOR PEOPLE THERE IS BOUND TO BE CONSEQUENSES ! I AM NOT SAYING THAT I HAVE THE ANSWER BUT THIS IS JUST A FACT THAT I THINK PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT. IT IS GOING TO TAKE SOME SERIOUS ENGINEERING TO ALEVIATE THIS PROBLEM. I WOULD LOVE TO GET SOME FEEDBACK ABOUT THIS , BUT I THINK NATURE IS GOING TO DO WHAT IS NATURAL.
Rob Randolph September 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
when you look at the bronx river today it is very dificult to think that during the revolutionary war the Bronx river actually had troops in boats navigating it. Like somene mentioned you can walk over the river in some parts today .... Also what is going on is Scardsdale by the exit to the train station. there use to be a little waterfall their. Seems they removed for I dont know what
Susan Belliveau February 18, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Nature or not something has to be done to protect not only nature but property value. Otherwise, the apartments next to the Bronx River Parkway and the Sprain Parkway will be worthless. Brooklands needs a Fema grant too! Or is the county government, etc. willing to declare the area unlivable, buy everyone out paying what the properties are worth. Since that is impossible they need a wall built to protect these properties before this happens again and it will.

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