(PHOTO: Flooding on Rye's Coolidge Avenue on April 15, 2007) Rye is expected to get a piece of Westchester County's $50 million flood remediation fund for the Bowman Avenue sluice gate, MyRye.com has learned from Mayor Steve Otis. Details of the plan will be unveiled this morning at an 11am press conference in Mamaroneck.
Last September, Rye city council approved $150,000 from contingency to fund the Bowman Avenue sluice gate design. Rye, along with other Westchester communities, was declared a FEMA disaster area after the flood of April 2007.
County Exec Spano, Rep Nita Lowey, State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer and Rye Mayor Steve Otis will be among those on hand for the announcement in Mamaroneck Village's Columbus park. From the announcement:
"Spano is expected to submit legislation asking the Board of Legislators to use $6.65 million from a flood mitigation fund to help pay for a project being undertaken with the US Army Corps of Engineers and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. A second piece of legislation will be submitted shortly thereafter requesting another $4.5 million to partner with four municipalities (Mamaroneck Town, Scarsdale, Tarrytown and Rye City/Rye Brook) who requested county funds for major flood mitigation projects. Funding for these projects is from the County's $50 million flood mitigation program announced by Spano in 2007."