New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Eliot Engel yesterday urged USACE to swiftly review the Chief’s Report on the flood risk management for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Basins in the Village of Mamaroneck, NY.
The federal representatives said that without progress on this project residents and business owners in the area remain at risk to severe flooding.
The officials added that this area has already suffered loss of life and serious damage due to floodwaters from the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Basins.
Senators Schumer, Gillibrand and Representative Engel said that the vital project which seeks to reduce flood risk for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Basins and thus protect residents and business owners will include the construction of retaining walls and a diversion culvert.
The project would also enable the deepening and widening of river channels, structure elevation and the removal/replacement of 2 vehicular bridges that constrict flood flow, according to the official announcement.
The recommended plan is estimated to reduce average annual damages by approximately 87 percent and will help reduce the risk of loss of life.
Schumer, Gillibrand and Engel said that it is vital that once the report has been reviewed, it is promptly signed so that it can go to the next step wherein Congress can act to authorize and fund this project.