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Greenburgh Acting To Prevent Future Flooding

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Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner (file / credit: Judith Ebenstein / Town of Greenburgh)

Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner (file / credit: Judith Ebenstein / Town of Greenburgh)

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GREENBURGH, NY (WCBS 880) - Chronic flooding along the rivers in Westchester County has towns and villages fed up.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

They want action and they’ve been talking with county, state and federal officials about getting something done.

Greenburgh supervisor Paul Feiner knows there is no easy fix.

“One of the problems is the state and the federal government are running out of money and local governments don’t have that much money either. So, the probability is they’re not going to come up with a global solution to the flooding problem,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

So his town plans to take matters into its own hands.

First, they’ll clear debris in the Saw Mill River. He says there is so much junk in the river and that is contributing to the flooding. He calls clearing it a “no-brainer.”

“The state doesn’t do it and we’re gonna do it and probably bill the state,” he said. “We’re hoping to start within weeks because I think the residents and businesses are like really fed up.”

He says an overall solution is far more difficult and expensive, but points out that the Army Corps of Engineers did deal with flooding downriver in Ardsley. He’d like to see the same thing up where he is.

They’re also working with FEMA to get money for buyouts and home elevations.

Do you live in a flood-prone area of Westchester County? Share your story below in the comments section.

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