Yonkers neighborhoods, especially those adjacent to the Bronx River were once again crippled by horrible flooding yesterday. Homes were wrecked and personal possessions were destroyed. Thankfully, no lives were lost.
Unfortunately, this is not an experience that happened just this past weekend because of the strong force of Hurricane Irene. Residents in many parts of Yonkers and many here in East Yonkers have had this happen frequently during storms that were not nearly as potent or as noteworthy to the media as Hurricane Irene.
In 2007, Brooklands, a building community across the street from where I spent most of my life was especially devastated. People actually needed to be rescued because the water levels rose so quickly. The total monetary damage was around $5 million. Yesterday I was on the scene as neighbors lost everything—again—and needed to be rescued. Special thanks need to be said to the Yonkers Police and Fire Departments for their bravery and commitment to helping those in need yesterday.
We need to keep the water in the river and out of our living rooms.
It seems that flooding isn’t an issue until it happens. In my community and neighborhood it is a very big problem and one that East Yonkers worries about any time the forecast calls for any somewhat significant amount of rain. Politicians have started Task Forces, Committees and the like but time and again after the flood waters recede they put this important issue on the back burner. This needs to end.
We need to find a solution now so our community does not have to go through what it has far too many times in the past and once again yesterday.
As Yonkers next Councilman from the 5th Council District, I will work with Westchester County, State and Federal officials to get something done not only regarding the Bronx River, but Saw Mill River as well. Yonkers is sick of being under water. After 4 years we deserve better than the same waterlogged results we have now. Finding real solutions to flooding will be one of my priorities on the Yonkers City Council.
Joe Crotty is a candidate for Yonkers City Council – 5th District. He is vying for the Republican Party designation in the upcoming Se[ptember 13th Primary. Learn more at www.JosephCrotty.com; direct mailto:CrottyForCouncil@gmail.com