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.
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