Town of Mamaroneck Awarded Grant to Study Stormwater System to Help Combat Flooding
The Town of Mamaroneck will launch a study of its stormwater system to help evaluate the best ways to prevent future flooding thanks to a grant from Westchester County.
Town Supervisor Jaine Elkind Eney announced that the Town had applied for and been awarded a $300,000 grant by Westchester County to map its stormwater system. The grant will allow the Town to update record maps for its storm sewer network, identify current defects and provide recommendations for construction projects that will reduce the occurrence and extent of flooding.
“This grant is full of firsts. It will be the first time the Town has done a comprehensive evaluation of our storm sewers and the first time it has received a grant to conduct such a study,’’ said Elkind Eney. “This is a big first step in alleviating the repeat occurrence and severity of flooding events in our Town. I want to thank County Executive George Latimer and County Legislator Catherine Parker and for including these much-needed funds in the 2023 County Budget and for always partnering with the Town.”
Because of Mamaroneck’s location and proximity to the Mamaroneck and Sheldrake Rivers, it is at high risk for flooding. Hurricane Ida dumped more than 8.5 inches of rain on the Town and villages in less than 12 hours causing severe flooding damage to many properties in the area. Stronger and more frequent storms due to climate change are aggravating the problem.
“Unfortunately, we have no control over Mother Nature, but with the proper data we can initiate drainage improvements as part of an overall flood mitigation plan that can help prevent flooding, property damage and even save lives,’’ said Elkind Eney.
The study is expected to start this spring and will be comprehensive including the 15 flood-prone locations identified by the Town’s Engineering Department and highway staff.
For more information visit the Town’s website at https://townofmamaroneckny.org