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Saw Mill River Cleanup To Continue This Week

Cleanup of the Saw Mill River near Elmsford, NY - Oct 7, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

Cleanup of the Saw Mill River near Elmsford, NY – Oct 7, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

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GREENBURGH, NY (WCBS 880) - With special permission from the state, Greenburgh and Elmsford work crews have been clearing debris that’s clogged the Saw Mill River for years.

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“We’ve removed tires. We’ve removed 55-gallon drums. We’ve removed a lot of our tree trunks,” said Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner. “I was personally surprised at the large tree trunks that were blocking the river.”

The cleanup started on Friday and will continue for another week or two. There is no work today because of the Columbus Day holiday.

On Wednesday, the town is expected to pass a hazardous mitigation plan, which will open the doors to federal money, which Sen. Charles Schumer supports.

“And we’ll be eligible for additional funding. So, if people want their homes elevated, we’ll be able to apply for grants and for people who want to buyouts,” Feiner told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.

Feiner said this won’t eliminate flooding, but it might help reduce the severity.

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