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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Nita Lowey (17th District of New York)

These federal funds bring the total federal aid for the Clarkstown Klein Ave Levee flood control project to $4,798,713

Investment in Resilient Infrastructure is Critical to Prepare for Future Extreme Weather Events

CLARKSTOWN, NY – Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (D-Westchester/Rockland), Chairwoman on the House Appropriations Committee, today announced a $1,268,426 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant to the town of Clarkstown to fund the Klein Avenue Levee Improvements project. The funding was awarded through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program to build and maintain infrastructure to prevent flooding in West Nyack.

This grant to fund a stormwater management project comes after previous awards of $215,250 in April of 2014, $71,750 in December of 2014, and $3,243,287 in February 2019, making the total investment in this project $4,798,713. This project will build upon an existing levee to protect West Nyack communities from flooding in severe storms. This award will fund increases in materials and labor costs necessary to shield adjacent residential neighborhoods, local businesses, and public infrastructure from flooding.

“In the face of an ever-changing climate, it is more important than ever that our stormwater infrastructure is as robust and resilient as possible,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “The Klein Avenue Levee Improvement project will ensure Clarkstown has the resources necessary to protect its community from further flooding. With this funding, Clarkstown will be better prepared for severe weather events in the future.”

“The residents and businesses of West Nyack have been dealing with severe flooding issues for many years, particularly during extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Irene, Lee and Superstorm Sandy,” said Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann. “The Klein Avenue Levee Improvement project will protect these families and their homes from further catastrophic flooding events in the future. We are grateful to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for helping us secure these valuable grant funds and her continued support of projects that benefit the residents of Clarkstown.”

Increases in rainfall and storm severity have increased the flood elevation of the Hackensack River, reducing the effectiveness of the existing Klein Ave levee, which has been overtopped by storms many times. The Klein Avenue Levee Improvement project aims to increase the effectiveness of the levee by raising and expanding it to prevent overtopping and contain the flood flows of the Hackensack River. The increased funding is due to the cost of construction for the additional 320 linear feet of floodwall at 33 Benson Avenue. These improvements aim to contain the flood flows of the Hackensack River and protect the nearby community.