MAMARONECK, NY – A new $ 1.5 billion funding program will accelerate a flood mitigation project in Mamaroneck in the wake of the recent disaster, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday. .
Schumer said he had secured $ 1.5 billion in additional disaster assistance to accelerate the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) construction projects affected by Ida, including the Disaster Management Project. Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River flood risks. The senior senator from New York explained that this means the project could receive funding quickly, bypassing many of the bureaucratic hiccups that have stalled construction for years.
The project has been blocked for two years by the Trump administration on the basis of a flawed cost-benefit analysis, according to Schumer, despite strong support from USACE, which would provide the “boots on the ground” necessary for the construction.
“Following the horrific floods in Mamaroneck last month, which caused millions of dollars in damage, terrorized the community and claimed the life of one person, I am proud to provide funding to communities affected by Ida, and I am also Delighted to have gotten the the federal government to finally give the green light to the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake River Flood Risk Management Project, ”Schumer said in announcing the new funding. “The previous administration bottled this vital flood mitigation project in [Office of Management and Budget] Bureaucratic prison based on faulty logic, and I have been working day and night for the past month to get out of this traffic jam.
The completed project would reduce the risk of flooding to the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake river basins and protect residents and business owners by constructing retaining walls and a bypass culvert, according to a USACE study. The project would also allow the deepening and widening of river channels, the elevation of structures and the removal and replacement of two bridges that restrict the flow of floods. According to the survey, the plan is expected to potentially reduce average annual damage by around 87% and help reduce the risk of loss of life.
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“Since Hurricane Ida devastated our village, we have made great strides in getting the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan back on track to control the flooding of the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake rivers,” said the Army Corps of Engineers. Mayor of the village of Mamaroneck, Tom Murphy, on the news that the funding for the project had “A few weeks ago the Office of Management and Budget told Senator Schumer that they would support our plan and the news today The fact that the senator secured $ 1.5 billion to kick off Army Corps construction projects in Ida-affected communities, like ours, means we are one step closer to the first shovelfuls of earth of this long-awaited project. ”