New York Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representative Eliot Engel yesterday announced that they were successful in securing an authorization for the Mamaroneck-Sheldrake River project in the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA).
The project, once complete, will include the construction of retaining walls and a diversion culvert, and will 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 reps, the recommended plan is estimated to reduce average annual damages by approximately 87 percent and will help reduce the risk of loss of life.
“Making sure the Village of Mamaroneck is protected from future flooding is critical for public safety and property preservation of homes and businesses,” said Senator Schumer.
“Floods have hammered this area before and we can’t wait any longer before we implement a better flood protection plan for the whole community, which is why I, along with Senator Gillibrand and Representative Engel, fought so hard to have the project authorized in the WRDA bill.
“Now with the authorization moving forward, we can work to make sure the project stays on track, so we can finally break ground on this vital project that is essential to saving lives and protecting the Village of Mamaroneck from the storms of the future.”
Senators Schumer, Gillibrand and Representative Engel, who announced that USACE at their urging reviewed and approved the Chief’s Report, said that Congressional authorization of the project will allow USACE to move forward with the design and construction of the project to reduce flood risk for the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Basins, and thus protect residents and business owners from future flooding.