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FEMA Funding To Fix Bronxville Flooding

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Residents may see an end to flooding in one part of town because the Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning to fund a project that would alleviate problems near Bronxville High School.

“We received very good news from FEMA,” Mayor Mary Marvin said. “In the form of a requirement to publish a notification to the public of the intent of FEMA to provide funding to the village to remediate repetitive flooding.”

FEMA officials surveyed the area after severe flooding in spring 2010. Five years ago, Bronxville had made the state and federal governments aware of the repetitive flooding issues. In December 2010, Bronxville submitted a 120-page report with a specific plan to end flooding in the area. FEMA then completed a review and notified the village it would be eligible for a grant in June 2011.

“FEMA is in review of the application and expects to reward the scope of work as proposed by the community,” FEMA spokesman Matthew Russell said. “The project would provide hazard mitigation funding to reduce flooding in the vicinity Pondfield Road and Midland Avenue and specifically the area of Bronxville High School.”

Russell would not say how much funding would be provided. But he said that once the funding is awarded, both Bronxville and the New York State of Emergency Management would administer it. In the report submitted to FEMA, the project was slated to cost $6.2 million.

The project would include building a detention basin on school grounds and upgrading the storm water system. “The plan would be to either upgrade or replace the current system, with the outfall to the Bronx River near the school," Russell said.

The Bronxville mayor said while it’s not a done deal the village is close. “Though we have no final notice of funding, we are clearly one step closer,” Marvin said.

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