MOUNT VERNON. NY — January 2, 2021 — In response to articles published in local media, Lauren Carter, candidate for the Mount Vernon City Council, visited the Lake Isle Dam to see first-hand the potential consequences a dam failure could pose on the citizens of Mount Vernon and surrounding communities.
“After reading … the Dam Safety Inspection Report prepared by Mott MacDonald for the City of New Rochelle, it became evident that this is a topic I needed to address”, said Carter.
According to published report, the dam, built in 1894, has had no maintenance work performed in over four decades. While there are disagreements over who owns the dam, 190 million gallons of water could spill onto the Hutchinson River Parkway into Mount Vernon and other areas if the dam fails.
Three proposals that range from $3 million to $20 million dollars have been put forward to address the impacts of a dam failure. “Rather than repair the dam or even bring it up to 21 Century engineering standards, it is probably best to drain the dam”, said Carter. “Even if the dam is brought up to current standards, regular inspections and maintenance would have to continue and if it has not been done in over 40 years, I don’t think it will be done in the next 40 years. Therefore, rather than face this problem again, it’s best to eliminate it”.
Lauren Carter is asking residents in all communities that are in the flood emergency inundation area to call their state, county, and local officials to act!