Statement on Flooding in Yonkers By JOE CROTTY

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CROTTY_JOE 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

 

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  1. What is the solution then when the taxpayers govermnment creates the problem? The army core of engineersput flood gates and walls in a community in NJ and diverted the water further south, making a whole town flood regularly that has never flooded before.If it was your home that went from $600k to unsellable becuase of the states interference with the river, would you say its your problem and eat the loss so the government doesn’t squander you tax dollars helping Americans here in America?

  2. Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about. Maybe you should be quiet do what you seem to be most qualified to do: Round up the shopping carts and clean up the flyers for us at the supermarket. The city, the residents of the complex, engineers, insurance companies, and emergency agencies have been working to solve this problem for 4 years now at enourmous cost to the owners. But then again, how would you know, since they don’t report news like this on Cartoon Network.

  3. Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about. Maybe you should be quiet do what you seem to be most qualified to do: Round up the shopping carts and clean up the flyers for us at the supermarket. The city, the residents of the complex, engineers, insurance companies, and emergency agencies have been working to solve this problem for 4 years now at enourmous cost to the owners. But then again, how would you know, since they don’t report news like this on Cartoon Network.

  4. Obviously you have no idea what you are talking about. Maybe you should be quiet do what you seem to be most qualified to do: Round up the shopping carts and clean up the flyers for us at the supermarket. The city, the residents of the complex, engineers, insurance companies, and emergency agencies have been working to solve this problem for 4 years now at enourmous cost to the owners. But then again, how would you know, since they don’t report news like this on Cartoon Network.

  5. The only possible way you would know what the word “arrogant” means is by looking it up in the dictionary. That may be a problem for you because only an idiot would make a statement like that. You’ll probably have to look up a few of the other words, too. Idiot is no problem. All you’ll have to do is look in the mirror to know what that is.

  6. Some of the comments made were from very ignorant people. The facts are, The Booklands has been there since 1928. The Sprain was much wider when The Brooklands was built. The building of the Sprain Brook Parkway at this location narrowed the river between two concrete walls, 30′ wide X 25′ deep. A disaster in the waiting was made when the parkway was built. The engineers’ planning, which were the states, certainly is questionable. The building of a flood wall higher than the parkway is an answer for protecting this area. This would divert the water back onto the parkway where it would flow south like it originally did with a lot more room for the runoff. The parkway could handle the overflow due to the size and length of the road. It worked before, before the parkway was built and it would work now.

  7. The Bronx River and Saw Mill River have been overflowing their banks since the beginning of time. Nothing short of building a concrete channel their entire length to contain them is going to stop them.

  8. Brooklands has been in place LONG before many of you were even born, so enough with the poor planning of that development. Sadly, low lying areas in that area, in both Yonkers and in Bronxville succumb to the high rising levels of the Bronx River after major rain events. Nothing can be done about the development. HOWEVER, maybe having the US Army Corp of Engineers come in an dredge out the Bronx River, to allow for more water to flow thru and DOWN it might make a difference. Otherwise, we are certainly in for more flooding in the future

  9. And the lesson here is don’t allow planning boards to allow developers to build homes and developments in flood plains. Simple. It’s a nationwide problem. The county plain for all of this is to plant trees, go figure. They got money for children’s museums but no money to help the residents out.

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